Male American kestrel, Falco sparverius, San Jacinto Wildlife Area, CA (taken: 11/12/15)
Other Names: Sparrow Hawk
Distribution: Throughout the Americas, excluding the Arctic tundra and Amazon basin. Northern populations migrate south in winter.
Size: 19-21 cm in length with a 50-60 cm wingspan.
Plumage: A rusty tail and back and slate-blue wings are diagnostic of the species. Females have rusty wings and back, an off-white breast streaked with brown, and narrow black bands on the tail. Males have a light brown to rufous breast. Both sexes have two black stripes on the face. The legs are yellow, the beak is black with a yellow base, and the eyes are black.