Lakeside Nature Center


American Kestrel

(Falco sparverius)

Arrived at Lakeside Nature Center on November 20, 2002.

This 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 colored tail.

  • 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, killy, killy.'

Check out this kestrel's picture gallery.

For more information on American Kestrels, check out the Critter Corner entry.

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