Common Kestrel (Male)
Scientific Name 
Falco tinnunculus
Arabic Name 
Kuwaiti name 
حميمج للذكر وشرياص حميميج للأنثى
78.0 cm
38.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Uncommon passage migrant and winter visitor; also a scarce resident and local breeder. One of the most widespread small falcons; feeds on a variety of prey including rodents, reptiles, birds and large insects.
Where in Kuwait 
This species is often associated with humans and can be seen around Kuwait City, agricultural lands and desert areas across the country.
In the world 
A species with a very large range and in the cool-temperate parts of its range, the Common Kestrel migrates south in winter. When hunting, the Common Kestrel characteristically hovers about 10–20 m above the ground, searching for prey, either by flying into the wind or by soaring using ridge lift.
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting and trapping for falconry.