American Kestrel

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American Kestrel

Falco sparverius

This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.


This bird has a fractured humeral that is partially healed, but it cannot fly well. The kestral came to CuriOdyssey in 2007.

Birth Date

Spring 2003

Diet in the Wild

Insects, bats, mice, birds, lizards, small snakes, and frogs.

Diet at the Museum

Mice, chick, quail, insects.

Life Span

In the Wild: 1-3 years.
In Captivity: average is 10-15 years, oldest recorded was 19 years.


Found along borders of woodlands, open fields, pastures with scattered trees, highways, arid plains and deserts, and wooded canyons.


North America from southern Canada to central Mexico and down through South America as far as Tierra Del Fuego

Conservation Status:

No special status, although populations in the southeastern US have been in serious decline since mid-1900’s due to habitat loss and destruction, as well as pesticides; listed as threatened in Florida.