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American Kestrel Characteristics
     
Adult

Photo by Jean Chamberlain

Photo by Jean Chamberlain

Photo by Jean Chamberlain
2 vertical black markings on
each side of face
ocelli spots (fake eyes) surrounded
by orange nape
tomial tooth in the upper mandible
and notch in tip of lower mandible
top of head bluish gray
with rusty center patch
 
white cheek and chin
     
Male

Photo by Jean Chamberlain

Photo by Jean Chamberlain


Photo by Jean Chamberlain

rusty back with black marks
bluish gray wings
rusty tail with wide
black band
black primaries with
white barring
     
Female


Photo by Gary Siftar


Photo by Gary Siftar
 
rusty back and wings
with black barring
tail marked with
black barring
 
     
Nestlings
     

Photo by Pat Fisher

Photo courtesy Carolina Raptor Center

Photo by Eileen Wicker
dark eyes
pinkish face
tomial tooth (not shown, see adult photo)
long toes
very small
     
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