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American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)


Photo © Greg Wranic

American Kestrel Nestbox

Photo © NestCams

Kestrel Eggs

Photo © NestCams

Adult male (Northern)

Photo © Ron Batie | Macaulay Library

Female (Northern)

Photo © Howard Shapiro | Macaulay Library

Adult male (Northern)

Photo © Jacob Drucker | Macaulay Library

Adult male (Cuban)

Photo © Thomas Hinnebusch | Macaulay Library

Adult male (Cuban)

Photo © Yeray Seminario | Macaulay Library

Female (Cuban)

Photo © Noah Frade | Macaulay Library

Adult male (Northern)

Photo © Nick Saunders | Macaulay Library

Habitat

Photo © Tim Lenz | Macaulay Library

Calls (Northern)

© Dave Herr | Macaulay Library

Calls (Northern)

© Ernest J. Willoughby | Macaulay Library

Calls (South American)

© Glayson Bencke | Macaulay Library

Calls (South American)

© Natxo Areta | Macaulay Library

When To Look

Source: Birds of North America Online

Where To Find It

Habitats

grassland

open woodland

town

Substrates

Nestbox or Birdhouse

In/On Building

Live Tree Cavity

Dead Tree Cavity

What You'll Find

Nest Type

cavity

Chick

Semialtricial

Clutch Size

3
5

Nest Height

32 ft
9 ft

Nesting Statistics

Incubation Period

28-32
days

Brooding Period

28-32
days

Useful Hints

  • Kestrels add no nesting material to their simple scrape nest within a cavity.
  • Rarely, kestrels will nest in the old nest of another bird species.
  • The male searches for possible nest cavities. When he’s found suitable candidates, he shows them to the female, who makes the final choice.

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