American Kestrel

Brown, white, and black kestrel perched on a telephone wire
American Kestrel. ©Tim Hauf,

Quick Facts
Type: Bird

Diet: Carnivore: Insects, small rodents, birds, and reptiles

Average lifespan: 11 years

Average size: Length: 9–12 in.; Wingspan: 20–24 in.

Average weight: 3–6 oz.

Did You Know?
Kestrels, unlike humans, are able to see ultraviolet light, which helps them track the urine trails of their prey.

Last updated: November 9, 2018