American Kestrel


The American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) is North America’s smallest falcon. What it lacks in size it makes up for in speed and agility while hunting insects and small prey.

It’s widespread in San Diego County and most abundant on valley floors and in broad canyons on the coastal slope. It is often seen in the Anza-Borrego Desert, where it nests in eroded bluffs. Ideal habitat consists of tall sycamore or oak trees with abundant cavities for nesting with nearby open ground for foraging.

Learn more about the American Kestrel by checking out the San Diego County Bird Atlas at your local library or by purchasing it at the Museum store.