The canarian common kestrel (Falco Tinnunculus) is a small falcon abundant in Gran Canaria. Its name in Spanish is "Cernícalo". It is the most extended bird of prey specie in the canary islands. Its size is 30-35 cm from head to tail and 70-80 cm wingspan. 

As a specie, It is native of the Canary Island but not endemic. There are 2 subspecies: Dacotiae in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura and Canariensis in the rest of islands.

Its diet mainly consists of smaller birds, small mammals like mice (introduced in the canary islands). In Gran Canaria, the canarian common kestrel also hunts the endemic Gran Canarian giant lizard (Gallotia Stehlini). Those living near the urban centers also hunt caged birds like parakeets.

A gorge situated near Telde has been named after this bird. This is the "Barranco de los Cernícalos". This is an advisable place for a trekking tour because ot the abundant vegetation of the gorge.

On 24th March 2019, at astroGC we had a photo stop at the Mulato viewpoint in the ravine of Mogan. This is a perfect place for observing the common kestrel. This bird is characterized by its stationary flight when hunting. The one you are seeing on this pictures were flying only a few meters away from us during about 5 minutes without flapping wings.

Thanks to Erin (one of our guests) who ran to her camera and took this nice shoots.


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