Size: 10-12"; up to 2-foot wingspan
Male: (Shown) Rusty brown back and tail, and white breast with dark spots. Double black vertical lines on white face. Blue gray wings. Distinctive wide black band with a white edge on tip of rusty tail.
Female: Similar to male, but slightly larger. Has rusty brown wings and dark bands on tail; duller in overall color.
Juvenile: Same as adult of the same sex.
Nest: Uses a cavity, but does not build nest within. One brood per year.
Eggs: 4-5; white with brown markings
Incubation: 29-31 days; female and male incubate
Fledging: 30-31 days; male and female feed young
Migration: The American Kestrel can be found in St. Charles County year round.
Food: Insects, small mammals, small birds, and reptiles
Fact: Also called Sparrow Hawk due to its small size, and could be called Grasshopper Hawk because it eats many grasshoppers.