The American kestrel (Falco sparverius), sometimes colloquially known as the sparrow hawk, is a small falcon, and the only kestrel found in the Americas. It is the most common falcon in North America, and is found in a wide variety of habitats.
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) is a bird of prey species belonging to the kestrel group of the falcon family Falconidae. It is also known as the European Kestrel, Eurasian Kestrel, or Old World Kestrel. It is widespread in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Exhibit A. [internal dialogue] Well, that just looks stupid. AS IF there's a royal-blue-and-orange raptor. This looks quite a lot like a Peregrine falcon. I wonder if the original picture will be easy to find. Got it
The American Kestrel, sometimes colloquially known as the Sparrow Hawk, is a small falcon, & the only kestrel found in the Americas. It is the most common falcon in North America, & is found in a wide variety of habitats.
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!