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The common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), name comes from the French crécerelle, derivative from crécelle, i.e. ratchet. Also known as the European kestrel, Eurasian kestrel, or Old World kestrel, it is widespread in Europe, Asia, and Africa. It can often be seen hovering above road verges, either beating its wings rapidly or using the wind for its support. An adult female sports dark bars across its tail, whilst an adult male has an all grey tail with a deep black band at its base. Kestrels do not build their own nests. They use old nests of other large birds such as crows and pigeons, or the eggs are laid in a hole in a tree, a crevice in a wall or cliff face, or on ledges on buildings.
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