Get to Know the REAL Wild Things: The American Kestrel

Falco sparverius

The American Kestrel is known for its exceptional eyesight.

The American Kestrel is known for its exceptional eyesight.

Island conservation science american kestrel Falco sparverius cabritos island dominican republic

Once this bird spots its prey, it uses its sharp talons to snatch it up.

Island conservation science american kestrel Falco sparverius cabritos island dominican republic

The American Kestrel fly at a speed of 40MPH in short bursts and 24MPH over longer distances

The American Kestrel can even catch winged prey in mid-air.

The American Kestrel can even catch winged prey in mid-air.

 


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About Wes Jolley

Wes joined Island Conservation in 2009 as part of the team dedicated to the restoration of San Nicolas Island, California. He has served various roles on Island Conservation’s projects in the US, Ecuador, Chile, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.

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