Shape very similar to Eurasian Kestrel but tail slightly shorter and central tail feathers project slightly. Wings more rounded and shorter than Eurasian Kestrel; claws are white rather than black. Males are unspotted above with blue-gray patches on the upperwings and largely pale underwings. Females have an indistinct mustache but otherwise are rather similar to Eurasian Kestrel. Hovers frequently and catches insects on the wing. Breeds colonially.