Shopping Cart
Your Cart is Empty
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should be receiving an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Cart


Animal Educators Blog

Animal Educators Blog

The American Kestrel

Posted on February 17, 2020 at 2:10 PM

Did you know, the American Kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America! Only weighing 100 to 150 grams, this falcon loves open county, farmland, cities, and wood edges. These miniature flying jets hunt smaller birds but may also prefer to eat large insects or small mammals!

When hunting they are known for hovering in the air until they find their prey. Their size is roughly that of a Mourning Dove, but a tad bit bigger. They are one of the few bird of prey species in which you can tell a difference in the male and female. The male is very brightly colored with dark colored wings, light orange colored breast, a rust tone tail with a broad black band near the end. The female is has reddish/brown coloring over most of the body including the wings, with dark specks and streaks. Both sexes have pairs of black vertical slashes on the sides of their face often known as a mustache mark.

Their diet is mostly large insects, but may also eat small mammals, birds, and reptiles. Grasshoppers are among the favored prey, but many other large insects such as beetles, dragonflies, moths, caterpillars, and more. Voles, mice, bats, lizards, frogs, spiders, crayfish, and others are also considered part of the diet for kestrels.

What can you do to help the American Kestrel? Consider putting up a nest box to attract a breeding pair. Make sure you put it up well before breeding season. The best time to install your kestrel boxes would be October –January. You can work on Kestrel and Screech Owl boxes during our raptor box workshop in October, more information to come! 

Visit us soon to learn more about Birds of Prey! 

Next weeks Blog is about.....Coopers Hawks! Did you know that Coopers Hawks are Accipiters! Tune in next week to find out what that means!

-The Allison Woods OLC Team

Photo Credit: UNC Charlotte Urban Institute


Categories: None

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

Already a member? Sign In


Reply Nickrat
7:39 PM on October 21, 2021 
buy cialis canada canadian drugstore
Reply Joerat
4:51 PM on October 21, 2021 
sildenafil best price uk
Reply Ugorat
4:25 PM on October 21, 2021 
cheap viagra online free shipping australia
Reply Tedrat
11:51 AM on October 21, 2021 
purchase viagra over the counter
Reply Carlrat
10:17 AM on October 21, 2021 
cialis canada
Reply Lisarat
10:11 AM on October 21, 2021 
topical ivermectin cost
Reply Wimrat
4:17 AM on October 21, 2021 
generic stromectol
Reply Yonrat
11:21 PM on October 20, 2021 
sildenafil soft tabs generic
Reply Jimrat
8:29 PM on October 20, 2021 
stromectol liquid
Reply Kiarat
5:23 PM on October 20, 2021 
tadalafil 5mg canada
Reply Evarat
5:13 PM on October 20, 2021 
viagra prescription india
Reply Ashrat
4:48 PM on October 20, 2021 
best buy cialis online
Reply Janerat
3:55 PM on October 20, 2021 
stromectol australia
Reply Amyrat
10:20 AM on October 20, 2021 
cialis in india price
Reply Teorat
10:12 AM on October 20, 2021 
cialis generic 20 mg price
Reply Denrat
8:51 AM on October 20, 2021 
stromectol 3mg viagra tablet price in singapore viagra generic canada cheapest cialis 20mg online viagra australia
Reply Nickrat
8:35 AM on October 20, 2021 
viagra 37500
Reply Suerat
6:44 AM on October 20, 2021 
cialis tadalafil
Reply Ashrat
1:03 AM on October 20, 2021 
cheapest generic tadalafil online
Reply Yonrat
12:19 AM on October 20, 2021 
tadalafil capsule