Geographical Range North, Central, and South America; West Indies
Habitat Various habitats, including, forests, savannas, deserts, farmlands, urban areas
Scientific Name Falco sparverius
Conservation Status Common

The kestrel is commonly found throughout most of the United States. It is actually a member of the falcon family (although its other name is sparrow hawk). Kestrels are often seen perched on branches and signs along roads, where they keep a lookout for small reptiles, insects, mice, and small birds.

Adult kestrels weigh only about a fourth of a pound. They can reach speeds of 25 miles per hour when diving through the air.