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American Kestrel (male)

Falco sparverius


American Kestrels males have slate-blue wings. Females have reddish brown wings. They are easily identified by the black vertical lines on the sides of their faces. Their backs are a rusty color and the breast has a black dot pattern. They have long square tipped tails with a black band. They often pump their tails when perched. They are about the size of mourning doves.


Diving from a tree line to a meadow while hunting. Along a road through an urban greenbelt.


Apology, only time enough for one shot, so poor focus on this bird. Earlier spotting for details: PN

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Texas, USA

Spotted on Dec 23, 2013
Submitted on Dec 24, 2013

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