american kestrel birds
american kestrel birds

American Kestrel

Falco sparverius

The American Kestrel is a small falcon that belongs to the Falconidae family. It is about the same size as a Mourning Dove, but has a larger head and wider tail. Its long, narrow wings and square-tipped tail can be seen during flight. The American Kestrel is often seen perched on telephone wires and along roadsides in open areas with short vegetation and few trees. It hunts by dropping to the ground from a perch or while hovering to catch small mammals and insects. This species nests in cavities and can be found across the Americas. You can spot the American Kestrel during your visit to the Manu National Park.

Photo: Alfredo Cornejo