American Kestrel

Falco sparverius Order: Falconiformes Family: Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Falco sparverius Order: Falconiformes Family: Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)

Our tiniest falcon specializes on grasshoppers and tiny rodents, but also takes other large rodents and often birds. Kestrels nest in cavities; the nestlings frequenty poop on the nest walls; the high acidity of their droppings apparently has some insecticidal properties.

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