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Lesser kestrel Falco naumanni diet and feeding behaviour in Crau during the prenuptial period Regime et comportement alimentaires du faucon crecerellette Falco naumanni en Crau en periode prenuptiale



Lesser kestrel Falco naumanni diet and feeding behaviour in Crau during the prenuptial period Regime et comportement alimentaires du faucon crecerellette Falco naumanni en Crau en periode prenuptiale



Alauda, 672: 109-118



The French breeding population of Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) is restricted to the Crau. This steppe, rich in Orthoptera, provides this falcon with abundant preys during the breeding season. However, there ae only few Orthoptera during the prenuptial period. In this study, we show that during this time of the year, Lesser Kestrels, which have already settled at their breeding site, hunt in cultivated fileds located up to 6 km from the colony. The falcons use two agricultural plot types: set-asides, they usually catch Coleptera in flight, while in the newly-flooded rice fields, Mole Crickets (Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa) make up most of the prey items. The importance of Mole Crickets in the Lesser Kestrel's diet in the Crau, during the prenuptial period, is confirmed by a detailed analysis of pellets. We suggest that wetlands are important for Falco naumanni at this time of the year.

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