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American Kestrel..

American Kestrel..

This is easily our most common and best-known falcon. Unlike the others, which are essentially wilderness species, the little kestrel seems to have adapted itself admirably to man and human development. It has made itself completely at home around farms, villages, and suburban residential areas. It seems that wherever there is a suitable high perch from which the bird can look out and survey its hunting grounds, it is perfectly content. Such look-out perches are very important. The falcon will quietly and systematically survey its feeding territory, then launch itself swiftly into the air in pursuit of a delectable passing locust. At other times, especially over grassy areas, it will hover in mid-air as it checks the prey possibilities below.