You think NO!! Take a look at the following series…
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I repeat the question again – Can scratching look cute? 🙂
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
The bird pictured in this series is a Common Kestrel. I came across this bird at Tal Chapar in October this year. Common Kestrels are winter visitors to large parts of India, with some breeding populations in Himalayas and Western Ghats. They are birds of open areas, preferring places like grasslands and shrublands.
Kestrels are small falcons – birds of prey that use speed to capture prey. To be fast, falcons are generally smaller in size than other birds of prey and their bodies are far more aerodynamic. Kestrels have a characteristic hunting behavior that sets them apart, even among falcons. They hover a few metres above the ground using their keen eyesight to locate prey. Once prey is sighted, they do a quick dive to capture it.