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January’s 2010 Bird of the Month: American Kestrel

January’s bird of the month is American Kestrel

The American Kestrel, Falco sparverius, is our bird of the month for January. This diminutive raptor is fairly widespread in North America, and Florida is no exception. It eats invertebrates (grasshoppers, dragonflies) and any small songbirds unwary enough not to recognize the classic raptor shape, despite the small size. Come learn more about these nocturnal hunters at our October meeting, which features a live raptor presentation by Clive Pinnock!

American Kestrel, Fern Forest (Broward County, FL), October 16, 2008.