American Kestrel

Scientific name: Falco sparverius

The American Kestrel is the only one of the world’s kestrel species to call North and South America home, though it is represented by 17 subspecies across its enormous range. As in most other raptor species, female American Kestrels are larger than males.

American Kestrels hunt from a perch, sometimes bobbing their head when prey is spotted in order to better determine the distance to the prey. Then, they can accurately move in to capture an insect or rodent. Up to 17 capture attempts per hour may be made by a foraging kestrel.