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American kestrel

Falco sparverius


This was the first spotting I had when I reached this state park (appropriately named Falcon Lake State Park). The American kestrel is a small falcon with vertical white and dark bars on its face. Its belly and underparts are orange to pale with dark spots. The tail has barring. The American kestrel is sexually dimorphic. See references for more descriptions.


Spotted on power lines at Falcon Lake State Park. The surrounding area is a thornbush habitat.

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Roma, Texas, United States

Spotted on Nov 13, 2020
Submitted on Dec 24, 2020

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