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American Kestrel Falco sparverius
L 10 1/2"(27 cm) W 23"(58 cm).

Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)
Very vocal, with loud rapid “killy-killy-killy.”

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photo by Phil Swanson


Description: Small.
Rufous crown, back, and tail. Slate blue wings. Buff-colored breast. Black spotting on belly. Double black stripes on a white face. Female has similar head pattern, but back and wings are brown. Female has heavier streaking.

Behavior: Nests in old woodpecker holes or nest boxes near grasslands or croplands.

american kestrel
Habitat: Often perches on elevated sites such as telephone poles and trees in open country.

Where in Nebraska: Common statewide permanent resident. Some individuals migrate, as kestrels are less common in winter than in spring or fall. Regular breeder.

Fun Facts: Nestling Kestrels back up, raise their tails and squirt feces onto the wall fo the nest cavity!


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