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American Kestrel (female)

Falco sparverius


Size & Shape The slender American Kestrel is roughly the size and shape of a Mourning Dove, although it has a larger head; longer, narrow wings; and long, square-tipped tail. In flight, the wings are often bent and the wingtips swept back. Color Pattern American Kestrels are pale when seen from below and warm, rusty brown spotted with black above, with a black band near the tip of the tail. Males have slate-blue wings; females’ wings are reddish brown. Both sexes have pairs of black vertical slashes on the sides of their pale faces—sometimes called a “mustache” and a “sideburn."


American Kestrels occupy habitats ranging from deserts and grasslands to alpine meadows. You’re most likely to see them perching on telephone wires along roadsides, in open country with short vegetation and few trees.


Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 8 years ago

wow! very nice...

EmilyMarino 8 years ago


KimChampagne 8 years ago

Ava, He caught the little thing right as it jumped off the power line

harsuame 8 years ago

Grandiosa secuencia en plena acción::

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Wow! Did you see it catch that poor little bird in flight?

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Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Spotted on Jan 2, 2013
Submitted on Jan 2, 2013

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