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American Kestrel

Falco sparverius

American Kestrel
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 23 in. (58 cm)
Individuals of this small falcon are usually seen sitting high on telephone wires or poles, isolated tree tops or other vantage points over open fields, vegetated suburban areas, grasslands and desert. Adults frequently hover in the air and dive to capture large insects, small rodents, birds and occasionally lizards from the ground. They also sometimes capture flying insects from the air. The nest is in a tree cavity, abandoned woodpecker hole in saguaro cactus or large nest boxes when available. The four-digit banding code is AMKE.

Desert
Desert

Grasslands
Grasslands

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Shrubs
Shrubs

Urban city
Urban city

Agricultural
Agricultural

Savanna
Savanna

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