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American Kestrel

American kestrel, a favorite summer bird in the Texas Hill Country and my namesake - or am I his?

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American Kestrel 2 by Nature's Photo Adventures - David G Hemmings, via Flickr

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American Kestrel or Sparrow Hawk ~ A small falcon, and the only Kestrel found in the Americas. ~ Miks' Pics "Fowl Feathered Friends V" board @ http://www.pinterest.com/msmgish/fowl-feathered-friends-v/

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American Kestrel . . . a beautiful bird.

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A male American Kestrel (Falco sparverius). Did you know that American Kestrels are one of the few raptors that display sexual dimorphism in their plumage? That means you can tell the gender of an American Kestrel just by looking at its feathers!

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Kestrel © Michael Hogan, New Jersey, February 2005, http://www.flickr.com/photos/hoganphoto/2979306570/

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You can tell this American Kestel is female by the multiple stripes in its tail. Male kestrels have just one thick black stripe. Kestrel by Scott Linstead

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