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American Kestrel

Order:

Falconiformes

Family:

Falconidae

Group:

Bazaar or Eyrie

Young:

Fledgling

Lifespan:

5 years in the wild, 14-17 years in captivity

Gestation:

30 days, 4-5 eggs

Distribution:

The Americas and the Caribbean

Habitat:

Grasslands, Desert and Urban areas

Diet:

Small birds, Mice, Voles and Insects

Conservation Status:

Least Concern

 

Facts

 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. 

 Even though they are on average 22-31 cm in length, they have been seen taking down birds roughly twice their size! Due to their small size and low muscle mass, they most commonly hunt from perches and via ambush, although they have been seen hovering to hunt ground based animals.

 

 

Did you know?

They hunt from perches, and have been seen scanning for prey from their lookout for an entire day before pouncing on their target!