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American Kestrel

Falco sparverius
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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.

Female | Robert Shantz




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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: American Kestrel
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: June 12, 2024
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/american-kestrel

APA Style

Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). American Kestrel. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved June 12, 2024 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/american-kestrel

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

Chicago Manual of Style

Dr. Biology. "American Kestrel". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/american-kestrel

MLA 2017 Style

Dr. Biology. "American Kestrel". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 12 Jun 2024. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/american-kestrel

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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