Jan 312010

Hello Kestral

American Kestral

Identification Tips:

  • Length: 8.5 inches Wingspan: 21 inches
  • Short, dark, hooked beak
  • Small, long-tailed hawk
  • Long, narrow, pointed wings
  • Gray crown
  • White cheeks
  • Two black mustache marks
  • Black spot at rear of crown on both sides
  • Seen from below, flight feathers are pale with dark barring
  • Juveniles and immature females like adult female

Close Kestral

Adult male:

  • Rust patch on crown
  • Rust nape, breast, back and tail
  • Rust tail has a broad black subterminal band and a narrow white terminal band
  • Pale belly
  • Blue-gray wing coverts
  • Dark flight feathers with pale subterminal spots creating a “string of pearls”
  • Black spots on scapulars, wing coverts and flanks

Adult female:

  • Pale buff breast streaked with brown
  • Rust-brown nape, back and wing coverts
  • Back and wing coverts barred heavily with black
  • Rust-brown tail with numerous dark bars of even width and a narrow white terminal band

Immature male:

  • Barred rust-brown back barred heavily with black
  • Streaked breast

Cold Kestral

I love this Bird – The American Kestral

 Posted by at 8:27 PM

  One Response to “Kestral Show”

  1. One of my favorite times of the year – your winter bird photos.

 Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>