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The Lesser Kestrel
The Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni, Fleischer, 1818) is a small falcon, useful in assisting humans in fighting pests in agricultural territories. Once considered to be one of the most numerous birds of prey in Europe, today, as a result of the intensification of agriculture, the abandonment of agricultural land, the loss of nesting sites, and the intensive application of pesticides, its future is uncertain. The Lesser Kestrel is strongly attached to the agri-ecological landscape, demonstrating a strong preference to extensively managed grain crops and pastures, subject of intensive grazing or other similar practices. The species is mainly insectivorous, opportunist, capable of using a wide range of prey both on the ground and in the air.