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Books about Kestrels

The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.

Kestrel (Common Kestrel)
Falco tinnunculus
Family: Falconidae


General books about raptors, many of which include sections on the Kestrel, can be found on;

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A page that brings together all books about Falcons, many of which include sections on the Kestrel, can be found on;

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Falcons

Richard Sale

New Naturalist 132

Collins

2016

"In a much-anticipated volume on one of Britainís most fascinating group of birds, Richard Sale draws on a wealth of experience and research, providing a comprehensive natural history of the four British breeding falcons. The book takes each of the four breeding species in turn (Kestrel, Merlin, Hobby and Peregrine Falcon), exploring its form, habitat, breeding biology and status, along with a chapter on the hunting techniques of each species."

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The Kestrel in the Crane

Rod Alder

Tyne Bridge Publishing

2014

"It is the spring of 1953 and artist and naturalist James Alder is spending a lot of time in the unlikely setting of Walker Naval Yard on the Tyne - a pair of kestrels has stolen a wire nest from rooks on the towering jib of a giant crane and they are raising a family. Over several weeks James photographs and records the kestrels' progress and his account soon appears in Newcastle Evening Chronicle. His subsequent rescue of a fledgling that has the misfortune to fall into a bucket of oil leads him to a close understanding of the young bird, which he later successfully returns to the wild. When James Alder died in 2007, his son Rod Alder discovered among his father's papers the unfinished dramatic account of the young kestrel's adventures. Rod completed the story and illustrated it with his own, and his father's, fine drawings and paintings. The Kestrel in the Crane is the result. A vivid, unforgettable and unsentimental tale of the teeming wildlife that flourished on the banks of the industrial Tyne in the early 1950s, and still flourishes there today."

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Kestrels for Company

Gordon Riddle

Whittles Publishing

2011

"An appealing book that rightfully raises the profile of the kestrel. It provides an extensive picture of this delightful falcon, including its lifestyle and the factors that affect its breeding success and survival. This is based upon almost 40 years' monitoring of the kestrel in south-west Scotland and further afield by the author and colleagues, giving a flavour of the integrated approach to monitoring and conservation. As well as the wealth of factual data, there are entertaining anecdotes and stories both from the author's experiences and from the wider media coverage of this raptor over the years. The reader is taken to exotic locations such as the Seychelles, Mauritius and the Cape Verde Islands to see the endemic island kestrels which have always held a great fascination for the author. Latest figures show an alarming decline of 36% in the kestrel population in the UK, with even more dramatic falls such as 64% in Scotland. The fieldwork techniques which play such an important role are detailed in a composite breeding season. The kestrel is not portrayed in isolation and the bird's current circumstance is tied into the bigger picture of raptor conservation and the struggle against sustained persecution. The author reflects upon the political, economic and conservation issues that have dominated this field in the past few decades and through this personal and well-informed account the reader gains access to the world of the kestrel."

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The Kestrel

Michael Shrubb

Hamlyn Species Guide

Hamlyn

1993

A monograph on the Kestrel. The text includes discussion of feeding, breeding, plumage, nesting and flight.

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Biology and Conservation of Small Falcons

Proceedings of the 1991 Hawk and Owl Trust Conference

Editor: M.K. Nicholls and R. Clarke

Hawk & Owl Trust

1993

Contents:

Breeding Ecology 1

  • Long Term Monitoring Of A Kestrel Population In Ayrshire
  • Nestboxes As A Monitoring Tool For Kestrel Breeding Performance
  • Insects, Small Mammals And Breeding Performance Of Farmland Populations Of The Common Kestrel In Sicily
  • Ecological Aspects Of The Lesser Kestrel In Extremadura, Spain
  • Lesser Kestrel Recovery Project In Catalonia
Breeding Ecology 2
  • Trends In Breeding Success Of Merlins In Britain From 1937-1989
  • The Importance Of The Breeding Population Of The Merlin In North-East Scotland
  • Ecology Of Urban Merlins In Saskatoon
  • DNA Fingerprinting Of Young Falcons In The Nest
  • Breeding Ecology Of The Sooty Falcon In Israel
  • Contribution To The Breeding Biology Of Eleonora's Falcon
  • Breeding Cycle Of The Seychelles Kestrel
  • A Comparison Of The Nesting Habits Of The Red-Footed Falcon In Colonies And Solitary Pairs
Health And Disease
  • Legal Aspects Of Work With Small Falcons
  • Plasma Growth Hormone (GH) Levels In Nestling American Kestrels
  • Establishment Of The Medical Database For Raptors
  • Diseases And Pathology Of The European Merlin
  • Blood Parasitism, Immunity And Reproduction In American Kestrels
  • Trichinella Pseudospiralis In American Kestrels : A Model Of Parasite-Induced Behavioral Pathology
  • Small Falcons In Health And Disease
Hunting And Foraging
  • The Hunting Behaviour And Predatory Efficiency Of The Mauritius Kestrel
  • Home Range Of Lesser Kestrels During The Breeding Season
  • Foraging Of The South African Rock Kestrel
  • Diet And Hunting Behaviour Of The European Hobby In Africa
  • Digestive Adaptations In Relation To Foraging Ecology And Feeding Behaviour Of Raptors
  • Merlin Winter Roosts And Diet In Britain And Northern France
Management Of Captive And Domestic Populations
  • Breeding African Pygmy Falcons
  • Domestic Breeding Of Merlins
  • The Problems In Establishing A Domestic, Self-Sustaining International Population Of New Zealand Falcons
  • Captive Breeding And Release Of Hobbies In The UK
  • Controlled Hacking, A Method Of Research Into The Biology Of Non-Indigenous Raptors : Example Falco Chicquera Chicquera
  • Domestic Merlins In The UK
Evolution And Taxonomy
  • The Genus Falco On The Upper Quaternary Of The Iberian Peninsula
  • A Morphometric Analysis Of Falco Species
  • Detection Of A Genetic Basis Of Morphometric Variation In Captive American Kestrels
Workshops
  • Lesser Kestrel Conservation
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Seasons With The Kestrel

Gordon Riddle

Blandford Press

1991

This book follows the seasonal changes in the life of the Kestrel based on Riddle's diary notes, field observations and photography. This specific study is enhanced by information on the bird's status throughout Europe.

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The Kestrel

Andrew Village

Illustrations: Keith Brockie

Poyser

1990

This book examines many aspects of the Kestrel's life with emphasis on breeding performance, population densities, and age and sex ratios.

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The Kestrel

Gordon Riddle

Shire Natural History

1990

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The Ancestral Kestrel: Proceedings of a Symposium on Kestrel Species

Editor: David M. Bird and Reed Bowman

Raptor Research Foundation

1987

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Kestrel

Rev J.E. Kelsall

Editor: H. E. Dresser

Educational Series No. 10

Society for the Protection of Birds

1890's

A 4 page guide that provides a brief description and information on distribution, numbers, food, characteristics, protection, plus two pages of general remarks.

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Last updated August 2013