American Kestrel, or Sparrow Hawk

Falco sparverius

This picture was taken at the Syracuse, NY zoo, in July 2000, and shows a female kestrel. Males have bluish wings and more rusty-reddish feathers on the back. Kestrels are often found in urban areas, making nests on the tallest structures built in cities. They feed on grasshoppers, mice, and sometimes sparrows, or other small birds and mammals.

Family Falconidae
Order Falconiformes
Class Aves
Subphylum Vertebrata
Phylum Chordata
Kingdom Animalia
Life on Earth