American Kestrel – female

American Kestrel – female
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Image by Len Blumin
We often say "Kestrel" to identify this bird, and in the Western Hemisphere we’d usually be right. There are 13 species of Kestrels in the world, so we’re missing the rest. But our Kestrel is one of the prettiest and is strongly dimorphic. The female, shown here, has rufous wings and bands on the tail. She is larger and tends to occupy the favored hunting spots, which of course are often on wires and in the open. The male has pretty blue-gray wing, plus a red-orange tail with a single black band near the tip.