Falco sparverius - American Kestrel:

Summary Information
Living Organisms / Animalia / Craniata / Aves / Ciconiiformes / Falconidae / Falco / Species

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The taxonomy of birds is still under review and the A World Checklist of Birds by Burt L. Monroe, Jr and Charles G. Sibley (B89) has been chosen as the primary reference. The taxonomic structure will be amended when new editions or complete references are identified by the scientific world as the recognized primary references for taxonomy.

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Distribution General Range: North America, Middle America, West Indies, South America (B89)
Habitat Breeding - Open or partly open habitats with scattered trees, also cultivated and urban areas (B193)
Further Information Feeding:
  • food - mainly insects, sometimes small vertebrates and small mammals
  • feeding behaviour - mainly hovers and pounces, sometimes hawks and swoops


  • location and structure - Cavity nest in snag, sometimes on cliff
  • breeding structure - monogamous


  • markings - patterned
  • number of eggs - 4-5 (3-7)
  • broods - 1 brood, 2 in south and when small mammal prey is very abundant
  • incubation - male and female, female more than male; 29-31 days


  • development - Semialtricial 2; Immobile, downy, eyes closed, fed
  • parental caring for young - by male and female
  • fledging - 30-31 days


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