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American Kestrel -
(Falco sparverius)



  • Smallest falcon
  • Rusty brown back and tail
  • Lighter, speckled below
  • Male has bluish grey wings
  • Female brown
  • Two black vertical stripes on light face
  • 10.5" (27 cm.)


  • Open areas--grasslands, pastures
         with short, sparse vegetation

Additional Information

  • Common migrant and summer resident
  • Uncommon winter resident
  • Nests in tree cavities and nest boxes
  • Hunts for grasshoppers and other
         insects from roadside wires

American Kestrel sitting in spruce tree

American Kestrel looking over shoulder 


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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