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American Krestrel

Falco sparverius


Male. White face with two dark vertical patches; rusty back; blue gray wings, 19-21 cm (7-8 in) long. It's one of the most colorful of all raptors and also the smallest falcon in North America. Its diet typically consists of grasshoppers, lizards, mice, and small birds (e.g. sparrows). It nests in cavities in trees, cliffs, buildings, and other structures. The female lays three to seven eggs, which both sexes help to incubate.


Fields, pastures, woodland edges.


Status: over 70% decline in numbers over the last 20 years in the eastern U.S.

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Dixie 4 years ago

Thank you James McNair! So sorry this 'thank you' is so very, very late. I've been out of the loop for a while but looking forward to getting out there capturing some shots. I hope!

Dixie 6 years ago

Thank you Matt A and armadeus.4
I thought he was a beauty too. I'm surprised the pics turned out at all.
@ armadeus.4 I have several pics and yes, it does look like he's looking back in all of them except the last one.

armadeus.4 6 years ago

I love that he's looking back at you over his shoulder ha ha Beautiful, beautiful bird. Thank you for sharing :)

Matt A
Matt A 6 years ago

Very nice! The colors are beautiful.

Dixie 6 years ago

Thank you James McNair! I learned a lot in researching him.

James McNair
James McNair 6 years ago

Wonderful images

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Texas, USA

Spotted on Nov 2, 2015
Submitted on Nov 2, 2015

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