The American Kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America. It measures about 7-8 inches in length. The American Kestrel packs a predator’s fierce intensity into its small body. It’s one of the most colorful of all raptors. The Kestrel has a rusty tail. Males have blue-gray wings, while females’ wings are more reddish.
The kestrel feeds on insects that include grasshoppers, beetles, dragonflies, butterflies and moths. Spiders and scorpions are eaten as well. American Kestrels also take small rodents including voles, mice, and shrews, as well as small birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
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