A female American Kestrel reaches for food from a handler and then sings at the Carolina Raptor Center, Huntersville, North Carolina
The American Kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America, weighing 3-6 ounces. American Kestrels are one of only three raptor species in North America where males and females look very different from each other. Males have blue-hued wings and one black bar on their orange tail feathers; females have orange wings with black stripes and many black bars on their orange tail feathers.
Here is a female kestrel at Carolina Raptor Center.