American Kestrel

Diurnal Birds of Prey

American Kestrel

Falco sparverius

All Year

Diurnal Birds of Prey

American Kestrel

Daniel Fitzgerald

American Kestrel

Daniel Fitzgerald

Found in open areas and semi-forested habitats.


Orangish tail. Bluish wings characteristic of the male; female has orangish-brown wings. Smallest of the North American falcons. Often hovers in mid-air while hunting. 


Nests in cavities. Feeds on terrestrial arthropods and small vertebrates; small snakes, lizards, frogs, and fish may also be taken. 

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