National Animal of Liechtenstein

National Animal of Liechtenstein

The national animal of Liechtenstein is the kestrel. Kestrel, which is the national bird of Liechtenstein, belongs to the falcon genus. This bird is a fierce predator, though it is small in size. While hunting, the national animal of Liechtenstein perches on wires and poles. They mostly hunt prey like rodents, insects among other small animals. They also fly facing into the wind, flapping and adjusting their tails to remain in one place as they look for a prey.

Kestrels live in habitats that range from deserts and grasslands to alpine meadows. They also hung on telephone lines and poles along the road in an open place or in places with short vegetation. Their total population is estimated to be around 4 million (Partners in Flight, 2015). This population is decreasing, thus the national bird of Liechtenstein has been listed on the IUCN red list of threatened animals as near threatened. This is mostly due to destruction of their habitats.

Facts about the National Animal of Liechtenstein

  • Common name: kestrel
  • Scientific name: Falco tinnunculus
  • Incubation period: 26-32 days
  • Lifespan: 14-17 years
  • Average weight: 4-4.2 oz.
  • Average length: 22-31cm
  • Habitats: deserts, grasslands and alpines
  • Diet: Carnivores

Kestrels are the most colorful of all raptors. Males have a slate-blue head and wings which totally contrast its rusty-red back and tail. The females have red spots on its wings, back and tail. This very beautiful bird is the national animal symbol of Liechtenstein. Larger birds such as the red-tailed hawks, barn owls, American crows feed on these birds, making them more vulnerable. After eating to their fill, the national bird of Liechtenstein hides the remaining food in places such as tree limbs, fence posts and others where they come later to feed on.

This bird has been celebrated as the national symbol of Liechtenstein for centuries.

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