Fairly common in open and lightly wooded country, farmland, heathland; often seen over rough grassland beside roads and at airports. Perches on wires and posts, and typically hunts by hovering, at times fairly high overhead. Note rather pointed wingtips (unlike rounded wings of Eurasian Sparrowhawk), and distinct dark spotting on breast. Male plumage distinctive, with gray head, rusty back, gray tail with broad black tip. Female is brownish above, barred on back, wings, and tail. In southern and eastern Europe, compare with very similar Lesser Kestrel.