American Kestrel (Falco sparverius), sometimes colloquially known as the Sparrow Hawk, is a small falcon, and the only kestrel found in the Americas. It is the most common falcon in North America, and is found in a wide variety of habitats.
A male American Kestrel (Falco sparverius). Did you know that American Kestrels are one of the few raptors that display sexual dimorphism in their plumage? That means you can tell the gender of an American Kestrel just by looking at its feathers!
American Kestrel. Photo: Danny Hancock/Audubon Photography Awards.