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Lives, Habitats & Pictures of Kestrels

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There is only one North American kestrel that is native to the continent, that being the American Kestrel. The Eurasian Kestrel is a vagrant that shows up mostly during the migration period. These are the smallest falcons that are seen in North America.

The kestrels can be seen most times perched on utility poles or lines. They can be recognized when hovering above the ground in farm fields, maintaining one position in the sky, as they search the grounds below for voles and other types of rodents. The American Kestrel was known as the Sparrow Hawk not so long ago and is still remembered nowadays by this name.

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References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds