It's one of the most colorful of all raptors: the male’s slate-blue head and wings contrast elegantly with his rusty-red back and tail; the female has the same warm reddish on her wings, back, and tail. U.S. National Museum Bulletin. Note also the Merlin's banded tail. It is the smallest and most delicate-looking American falcon, with long wings and tail. Male American Kestrel with gray head, and orangey breast with black spots. Nests in cavities. The American Kestrel spends the non-breeding season in the southern portion of the breeding range from the Canadian border southward.

The male’s tail feathers are also rufous-colored with a thick black band at the tip of its russet tail … The Merlin is slightly larger, stockier, and much darker brown than the American Kestrel. Wide-Ranging Raptor. 167:106-121. The male American Kestrel is very colorful and one of the most beautiful hawks in North America. From a perch or hovering, they usually drop to the ground to snatch small mammals and insects. Males have a rusty back, blue wings, and a rusty-colored tail with a black terminal band. Life Histories of North American birds of prey. Petite falcon roughly the same size as Mourning Dove, but with a larger head and wider tail. The length of the male varies between 8-10 in (20-25 cm) with a wingspan ranging from 20-22 in (51-56 cm) and weighing an average of 3.9 oz (111 g). They are skilled at hunting from a perch, dropping down on mice hiding in the grass, lizards camouflaged in the sand, or … American Kestrel is the smallest North American falcon (about the size of a jay). The American Kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America. The American kestrel is the smallest falcon found in North America, and with the exception of the Seychelles kestrel (Falco araea), the world. Eats bats, rodents, insects, frogs, small reptiles, and birds.

American Kestrels (Falco sparverius) may use tail-pumping to maintain balance Joshua Suich Eastern Kentucky University Follow this and additional works at: Part of theBehavior and Ethology Commons, and theOrnithology Commons It lacks the American Kestrel's vertical black streaks on the face and warm reddish brown on the back. Alternates several rapid wing beats with glides, also hovers. American kestrels are one of only three raptor species in North America where males and females look vastly different from each other, and females are 10 to 15 percent larger than males. References for American Kestrel information: Bent, A.C. 1937. Seventeen subspecies of American Kestrel are recognized throughout the species' range, with differences in color, wing length, and plumage patterns. They are colorful birds of open country, regularly seen sitting along roadsides or hunting over fields. The female ranges in length from 9-11 in (23-28 cm) with a wingspan of 21-24 in (53-61 cm) and weighs an average of 4.2 oz (120 g). Female is brown-barred above with brown-streaked white underparts. Like all members of the genus Falco, American kestrels have dark eyes, a notched beak, and unfeathered legs. Often seen perched on telephone wires, along roadsides, in open country with short vegetation and few trees. Its head is blue, brown, and white. Description: This small falcon has long pointed wings and a long tail. North America’s littlest falcon, the American Kestrel packs a predator’s fierce intensity into its small body. In flight, note long, narrow wings and square-tipped tail.

American Kestrel: Small North American Kestrel, has two distinct black facial stripes, rust-brown tail and back, slate-blue wings, black-spotted underparts. American Kestrels also have two vertical black facial markings on each side of the head, in contrast to most other falcon species, which only have one.