American Kestrel   [Falco Sparverius]

20-24" Wingspan

Our beautiful little kestrel arrived at the Museum as a young bird in 2008.  She had been seized by Fish and Wildlife after being illegally kept in a private home in northern Vermont.  Sadly, she had been taken at such a young age she had already become “human imprinted” and now associates with humans instead of other kestrels.

Kestrels are the smallest day-time birds of prey in North America and weigh in at under a ¼ pound.  These fierce little falcons hunt open fields for large insects, small rodents and other birds.  Also called the sparrow hawk, watch for them hovering throughout the Untied States.

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