The American kestrel is the smallest, most common and most colorful falcon in North America. It hunts insects and small vertebrates in fields and open areas in urban and semi-rural areas. It often perches on electrical wires and roadside fences. It nests in cavities where it lays, in April and May, 4 to 6 eggs which are incubated by both parents for approximately 30 days. The chicks remain in the nest, fed by the female, until their first flight, about 30 days after hatching.
City, countryside, forest and fields.
ECOLOGICAL SERVICES OF THE SPECIES
Controls the rodent population.
Leave at least 1 km between nest boxes.
Install the nest box on a post, tree or building, at a height of approximately 3 meters.
Place the nest box sheltered from prevailing winds and direct sunlight.
Do not block the opening of the nest box or place it towards a road.
You can put some wood chips in there which will keep the eggs warm.
FAVORITE PLANTS AND VEGETATIONS
It occasionally visits bird feeders to chase away birds feeding there.
Plants and trees with fruits and seeds that attract the small birds that it hunts could therefore also attract it.
He will appreciate perches and snags (dead trees).
_ Carry out maintenance every fall to avoid pests and diseases
_ Do not drive screws or drive nails directly into trees.