The American Kestrel, a member of the Falcon
family, is the smallest North American hawk.
It has two distinct black facial stripes, rust-brown
tail and back, slate-blue wings, black-spotted under parts.
Kestrels eat bats, rodents,
insects, frogs, small reptiles and birds. Alternates several
rapid wing beats with glides, also hovers. Soars on
The American Kestrel
breeds from Northwest Territories and
Alaska east through Maritime Provinces and south throughout
most of the continent. Usually winters north to British
Columbia, Great Lakes, and New England. Preferred habitats
include towns, cities, parks, farmlands, and open country.
American Kestrels are fairly
numerous in all parts of Alabama in the winter but most of these
head north in early spring for breeding. In south Alabama
nesting kestrels are very rare. This was not always the case.
Kestrels use cavities in trees and other natural structures for
nesting and will also use a birdhouse. If you see kestrels in
south Alabama in May or June please contact AWCA.
Eric Soehren (L) DCNR Biologist,
AWCA President Charles Kennedy, and Bob Canter of the State
Capitol Staff prepare to install Project Sparrow Hawk's first
Kestrel House on the railing of the Capitol dome. Hopefully many
additional houses will be installed in the future. To visit the
Department of Conservation website to read about the "Capitol
click here. Use your back button to return to this
Tommy Pratt, Charles Kennedy, and AWCA volunteers
on the Alabama State Capitol roof with Project Sparrow Hawk's
first kestrel house.
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