American Kestrel [Falco Sparverius]
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.