Ilparpa Claypans FaunaClam Shrimp Desert Trilling Frog (Neobatrachus sudellae) Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) Shield Shrimp (Triops australiensis) Toadhopper (Buforania crassa)

One of the bird species documented at the Ilparpa Claypan isthe Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides). Widespread across Australia, this raptor is usually sighted in open country, including grasslands, farmland, as well as the semi arid region of Central Australia.

Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) © Dorothy Latimer
Juvenile Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides), Ilparpa Claypans © Dorothy Latimer

A small, slim falcon, the upper parts are pale rufous with some dark streaking, and underparts a pale buff, streaked with black. The under tail is finely barred with black, with a broader black band towards the tip. The cere (a waxy fleshy covering at the base of the upper beak), eye-ring, and legs are yellow. The male of the species has a pale grey crown and tail with a darker grey tear-mark, while the female and juvenile have a pale rufous crown and finely barred rufous tail.

Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) © Dorothy Latimer
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides), Ilparpa Claypans © Dorothy Latimer

More info in our Fauna section on Birds > Raptors > Nankeen Kestrel.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Subphylum: Vertebrata
  • Informal: Gnathostomata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Falconiformes
  • Family: Falconidae
  • Subfamily: Falconinae
  • Genus: Falco
  • Subgenus: infrageneric Tinnunculus
  • Species: Falco cenchroides
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT © Dorothy Latimer
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT © Dorothy Latimer

Ilparpa Claypans FaunaClam Shrimp Desert Trilling Frog (Neobatrachus sudellae) Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) Shield Shrimp (Triops australiensis) Toadhopper (Buforania crassa)

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