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Look up to the skies Nankeen Kestrel

Noongar name - Waalitj

Hear all about it!

Nankeen Kestrels are commonly seen ranging all over the Island. Rottnest has six to ten resident breeding pairs. The young kestrels appear to leave the Island for the mainland once fledged.

This small falcon nests in cliff crevices, offshore stacks, old buildings or abandoned stick nests. It hunts by hovering then stooping (diving at speed) and snatching its prey in its talons. This distinctive hovering ability makes the Nankeen Kestrel easy to identify.

Where you can find a Nankeen Kestrel

Conservation Status

Not listed under IUCN (2016). All Rottnest Island’s fauna is protected under the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987.
  • Extinct
  • Extinct in Wild
  • Critically Endangered
  • Endangered
  • Vulnerable
  • Near Threatened
  • Least Concerned

Help keep Rottnest healthy

  • Do ride carefully on the Island
  • Do keep to designated tracks
  • Do enjoy watching them on their own terms

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