The American kestrel is the smallest and most common of the North American falcons. The more colorful male is rusty with blue-gray wings, a pale underside and two black stripes on its face. Fond of perching on telephone wires or fence posts, kestrels feed on insects and small vertebrates. Kestrels have the ability to hover directly over their prey before dropping on top of it. Sometimes wrongly called a sparrow hawk, due to its diet of small birds such as sparrows, the kestrel is a true falcon.
Origin: North and South America
Skull Length: 3.8 cm (1.5 in)
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American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)