The first sight that you will usually have of a kestrel is of it hovering with wings outstretched, tail spread into a fan and with its head still as it looks for prey.
kestrels are between 33 and 39cm long and have a wingspan of about 76cm, the females are slightly larger than the males. Males have a grey head and tail with a deep chestnut brown back with small black spots with darker flight feathers. They have a creamy speckled underside and a barred tail. The female has similar colouring but her back is a yellower brown and the upper tail is not barred.