The young grow very quickly, reaching an adult weight after 16-17 days. After 28-31 days they are able to leave the nest and they only depend on their parents for another 2 or 3 weeks.
The American Kestrel (Falco Sparverius) is the most common and smallest falcon in North America. It is distributed across the Americas, but can also be found sparsely in the UK and Western Europe due to escaping falconry birds.
Outside of the breeding season they live solitarliy. They do not build their own nest - instead they nest in cavities made by others birds and in nest boxes build by humans.
American Kestrels do not need to drink freestanding water as they get all the water they need from the moisture of their prey.
Even though they are on average 22-31 cm in length, they have been seen taking down birds roughly twice their size!