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American Kestrel Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Falco sparverius
  • Class

    Birds
  • Order

    Falconiformes
  • Range

    North and South America

  • Habitat

    Grasslands, plains, deserts, parks, farms and cities.

  • Niche

    During the summer, the American kestrel primarily feeds on large insects, such as grasshoppers. During winter, the bird's diet is mainly small birds and mammals.

  • Life History

    The American kestrel nests in tree hollows. The female lays and incubates four-five eggs while the male brings food to her, and later, the chicks.

  • Special Adaptations

    • The American kestrel can use its wings to hover in flight to scan the ground for prey.
    • The species' strong talons and sharp beak enable it to firmly grasp and tear the birds, mammals and insects it catches.

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