There are two photos on this page:
1. American Kestrel, hatchling
2. Nestling American Kestrels
The smallest of the native Falcon family, which includes
the Merlin and the Peregrine,
this dapper little bird of prey is known for animated bobbing
of its head and tail. Kestrels eat a varied diet that includes
a lot of insects in summer. These birds are cavity nesters and
will use wooden nestboxes to raise their young. The eggs are
laid in a shallow depression that is scraped out by the adults.
The male Kestrel brings food to the nest, and the female feeds
it to the young. (She also eats some if it herself!) The adult
male has slate blue wing feathers. The female's wings are terra
cotta colored. As you can see, hatchlings are covered with fuzzy
The birds in these photos were brought to us in a weakened
state. All regained their strength, and were fostered into Kestrel
nests where they were reared by wild Kestrel parents.
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