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American kestrel, smallest of falcons, is visible in region

A male American kestrel sits on a bluebird box in my own backyard. The bluebirds were not amused.
Photographer: Bill Danielson
A male American kestrel sits on a bluebird box in my own backyard. The bluebirds were not amused.
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The American kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America. There are 58 species of falcons and they can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Here in North America, we have a total of seven falcons, but in the eastern U.S. we are only likely to see four of them: the gyrfalcon, peregrine falcon, the Merlin, and the American kestrel. The prototypical falcon is a medium-sized predator that hunts other birds in open country. ...

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