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American kestral (male)
Falco sparverius

American kestral (male)
This male American kestrel seems oblivious to the spines on top of the saguaro near Chico Shunie, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, AZ.
American kestral (male)

Size: 9 inches
Overall Color: brown/gray
Occurrence: widespread
Diet: any small animals
Nest: cavity
Field Identification: two black sideburns, bluish-gray wings, hooked beak
Season: year-round

Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Chordata (hollow nerve cord)
Subphylum: Vertebrata (backbone)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: Falconiformes
Family: 45 Falconidae (true falcons)
Genus: Falco
Species: sparverius

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