• On average, in the wild, a Kestrel will live for 18 months but the oldest Kestrel on record was 16yrs 5months old.
  • The kestrel is a species of falcon and are a small bird of prey with long, relatively narrow wings and tail.
  • They have a short, hooked bill for eating meat. When hunting for its prey it usually hovers with a fanned tail managing to keep its head stationary despite its rapid wing beats.
  • Kestrels nest in trees, buildings or in cracks in cliffs and have been known to use old crows nests.
  • Kestrels can be found in a wide variety of open habitats including coasts, moor land, farmland, wetlands, roadside verges and town parks.
  • According to Niall Mac Coitir in his book “Ireland’s Birds: Myths, Legends and Folklore” (The Collins Press 2015); in times long gone by, kestrels were the lowliest of falcons, used only by naves or servants. Nevertheless, they had a use, as they were traditionally kept near dovecotes to scare sparrowhawks away, because they would not bother the doves themselves. It was even said that pigeons would seek out a kestrel for protection if a sparrowhawk was about.