The Canadian Peregrine Foundation

Raptor Identification - Kestrel

If you have any photos of Kestrels that you would like to contribute, please e-mail them to us with a caption and the photographer's name (but be aware that we must be selective of which photos we include because of space limitations for our website).

 

 

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American

Eurasian

 

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
The American Kestrel is the most common falcon in most of North America.  It is much smaller than a Peregrine (roughly the size of a Blue Jay), and much more colourful, having a rufous back and tail, with patches of blue on the head (both sexes) and wings (males only).

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