~ William Shakespeare (English Dramatist, Playwright and Poet, 1564-1616)
This is Newton, An American Kestrel at the Audubon Center in Maitland ~
American Kestrel `
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. At 19–21 centimeters (7–8 in)
long, it is also the smallest falcon in North America. It exhibits
sexual dimorphism in size and plumage, although both sexes have a
rufous back with noticeable barring. Juveniles are similar in plumage
The American Kestrel hunts by hovering in the air with rapid wing beats or perching and scanning the ground for prey. Its diet typically consists of grasshoppers, lizards, mice, and other small birds. It nests in cavities in trees, cliffs, buildings, and other structures. The female lays three to seven eggs, which both sexes help to incubate. It is a common bird to be used in falconry, especially by beginners.
Its breeding range extends from central and western Alaska across northern Canada to Nova Scotia, and south throughout North America, into central Mexico and the Caribbean. It is a local breeder in Central America and is widely distributed throughout South America. Most birds breeding in Canada and the northern United States migrate south in the winter. It is an occasional vagrant to western Europe.