Nankeen KestrelScientific name: Falco cenchroides

Meaning of name: Falco is Latin for falcon. Cenchroides is from the Greek words cenchris, meaning speckled hawk, and –oides, meaning like.

Aboriginal name: Martiet (mar’tee’et).

Distribution: Found throughout Australia.

Description: Up to 35cm long with a wingspan of 80cm.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 822km. The oldest bird recorded was still alive when its band was read in June 1966, 7 years 0.5 months after being banded (information as at 14 June 2012).

The photographs for this species were not taken in the reserves of interest to the FQPB.

References: What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2 

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme