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Falco sparverius (American Kestrel)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The American kestrel (Falco sparverius) is the smallest and most common falcon in North America. It has about a two to one range in size over subspecies and sex, varying in size from about the weight of a blue jay to a mourning dove. It also ranges to South America, and is a well established species that has evolved seventeen subspecies adapted to different environments and habitats throughout the Americas. It exhibits sexual dimorphism in size (females being moderately larger) and plumage, although both sexes have a rufous back with noticeable barring. Its plumage is colorful and attractive, and juveniles are similar in plumage to adults.
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Infraspecies

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
5
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
27
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 11.332
EDGE Score: 2.5122

Attributes

Adult Weight [1]  115 grams
Birth Weight [3]  9 grams
Breeding Habitat [2]  Generalist, Agricultural
Wintering Geography [2]  Widespread
Wintering Habitat [2]  Generalist, Agricultural
Diet [4]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates)
Diet - Ectothermic [4]  20 %
Diet - Endothermic [4]  20 %
Diet - Invertibrates [4]  60 %
Forages - Mid-High [4]  10 %
Forages - Understory [4]  40 %
Forages - Ground [4]  50 %
Clutch Size [5]  5
Clutches / Year [3]  2
Fledging [1]  30 days
Global Population (2017 est.) [2]  4,900,000
Incubation [3]  29 days
Mating System [6]  Monogamy
Maximum Longevity [3]  17 years
Snout to Vent Length [1]  9 inches (24 cm)
Wing Span [7]  23 inches (.58 m)
Female Maturity [3]  1 year
Male Maturity [3]  1 year

Ecoregions

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Ecosystems

Biodiversity Hotspots

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap

Predators

Accipiter cooperii (Cooper's Hawk)[8]
Aquila chrysaetos (Golden Eagle)[8]
Bubo virginianus (Great Horned Owl)[8]

Consumers

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map

Distribution

Caribbean; Middle America; North America; Patfa Valley dry forests; Serra do Cipo National Park; South America; Western Michigan University’s Asylum Lake;

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