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Falco sparverius

Common Name: American Kestrel
Falco sparverius
Falco sparverius

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae
Genus: Falco
Species: Falco sparverius

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

American kestrels are small birds of prey, with a 9" long body and 22" long wingspan.

They are orange, cream, and blue-gray in color and have black bands on their face.

Habitat & Range

Kestrels live in meadows and fields.

Their year round range includes New York State and much of the lower 48 states. Their breeding range reaches across the northern parts of the Midwest and into Canada and Alaska. There are also populations in Central America and the northern parts of South America.


American kestrels eat insects and small mammals. Their voice is a high “killy, killy.”

Featured image by Mike Baird.


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