August 9, 2013

American Kestrels


“Here’s to the crazy ones!”

American Kestrels (Amerikaanse Torrenvalken) – (Falco Sparverius)

An American Kestrel

The American Kestrel, sometimes colloquially known as the Sparrow Hawk, is a small falcon, and the only kestrel found in Americas. It is the most common falcon in North America, and is found in a wide variety of habitats.

One important use of the American Kestrels is in falconry. Although most falconers prefer larger birds when hunting, kestrels can be used to catch small birds, insects and rodents. Migratory raptors native to the United States are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty act of 1918, so American Kestrels are illegal to possess without a permit in the United States, Canada , and Mexico.

Types of prey it eats: grasshoppers, small lizards, mice and other small birds.

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Falconiformes
  • Family: Falconidae
  • Overall Length: 22-28cm
  • Overall  Wingspan: 52-61cm
  • Average  Weight: 118-121gr

Purple: Year Round. Orange: Summer (breeding). Blue: Winter (nonbreeding)

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