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Falco moluccensis

Spotted kestrel

Falco moluccensis

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Falconiformes
Familia: Falconidae
Subfamilia: Falconinae
Tribus: Falconini
Genus: Falco
Species: Falco moluccensis
Subspecies: F. m. jungei - F. m. microbalia - F. m. moluccensis


Falco moluccensis (Bonaparte, 1850)


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Vernacular names
Česky: Poštolka molucká
English: Spotted Kestrel
Français: Crécerelle des Moluques
Türkçe: Benekli kerkenez

The Spotted Kestrel (Falco moluccensis) is also known as the Moluccan Kestrel.

Distribution and habitat

Spread throughout Australasia, Indomalaya, and most of Wallacea, the Spotted Kestrel inhabits grasslands with scattered trees, lightly wooded cultivation, and the edges of primary and tall secondary forest. Along logging roads, it occasionally penetrates forests, and sometimes inhabits clearings within forested areas. It has also been known to live in areas of human habitation.[1]



The Spotted Kestrel feeds primarily on small mammals, birds, lizards, and insects.



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