Description: L 10 1/2"(27 cm) W 23"(58 cm). They have a small, rufous crown, back, and tail, slate blue wings, buff-colored breast, black spotting on belly, and double black stripes on a white face. Female has similar head pattern, but back and wings are brown. Female has heavier streaking.
Habitat: Often perches on elevated sites such as telephone poles and trees in open country. They nest in old woodpecker holes or nest boxes near grasslands or croplands.
Status/Range: American Kestrels are found throughout most of North America. They are a common permanent resident of Nebraska. Some individuals migrate, as kestrels are less common in winter than in spring or fall. Kestrels are regular breeders in Nebraska.
Call: Very vocal, with loud rapid killy-killy-killy. (American Kestrel call)
Comments: Sometimes called "Sparrow Hawk." Kestrels are the smallest and most common of North America's falcons. They will readily use nest boxes like the one we provided. The nesting cycle varies slightly but here is a general timeline.
Interesting facts and figures for American Kestrels: