American Kestrel

This small and beautifully patterned bird is one of the less powerful falcons, taking smaller and slower prey. It flies rapidly with quick downward wingbeats. When perched, it has a habit of wagging its tail up and down. When hunting, it often hovers and drops onto prey, less commonly watching from a perch. In summer, it feeds chiefly on large insects, while in winter it more often takes mice and small birds. It utters a repeated "klec" or "killy" call.

• NliST A bare hollow in a natural cavity or crevice. Pairs occasionally make use of nest boxes or old nests of larger tree-nesting birds.

• DISTKIBI ITION North, Central, and South America and Caribbean islands.

• REMARK Females are slightly larger than males.

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Species ¡;„icn minunailus

long, narrow wings

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