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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

American Kestrel Falcon Falco sparverius

American Kestrel Falcon Falco sparverius

The scientific name comes from the Latin word falco, meaning hook-shaped (falcate) and may refer to the beak or claws, and espervier, the Latinized French word for a sparrow hawk and probably refers to its size and prey. The American Kestrel has been called a Sparrow Hawk, Killy Hawk (for the sound they make), or Windhover (for their ability to hover).

American Kestrels are found throughout most of North, Central, and South America. They inhabit tropical lowlands, deserts, urban areas, and open-altered lands, such as agricultural fields. With this in mind it explains why they are common at the Viera Wetlands.

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