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American kestrel
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae
Genus: Falco
Species: Falco sparverius
The American kestrel, or falco sparverius, is a falcon that lives in North America.

Description Edit

The American kestrel is similar to the Eurasian kestrel, but is differrent because:

  • male and female have a double moustache;
  • male's wings are gray (not brown as in Eurasian kestrel);
  • the American kestrel is slightly smaller than the Eurasian Kestrel;
  • the male's nape is tawny with a black spot (not gray as in Eurasian kestrel):
  • the male has a red-brown spot on its crown;
  • the male's tail is red-brown (male Eurasian kestrel's tail is gray)

Behavior Edit

This bird eats small animals like lizards, mice and sometimes small birds. It doesn't make a nest, but lays the eggs in abandoned crows' (or other birds') nests.

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