Arrived at Lakeside Nature Center on November 20, 2002.
male kestrel was found near Hwy 291 in Independence, Missouri.
He was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder and a head injury.
The wing's mobility never fully recovered so he could not be
released back into the wild. He acclimated to people and
became a perfect candidate for Lakeside Nature Center education
programs. We received permission from U.S. Fish and
Wildlife to make him a permanent resident of the Center.
Natural history notes.
Male kestrels have blue-gray wings and a solid, rufous
Still known as a Sparrow Hawk, this is the most common
falcon in the United States.
Well adapted to prairie, desert or city life, the kestrel
eats insects, rodents and reptiles.
Its shrill call sounds like 'killy,
Check out this kestrel's
information on American Kestrels, check out the