General Description: American Kestrels (Falco sparverius) are small falcons with a red back and a red tail. Face with two vertical black marks. Wings of female red; male gray.
Falcons are recognized from other birds of prey by the long, narrow, pointed wings.
Taxonomy: Falconiformes, Falconidae, Falconinae
Favored Habitat: Open areas with places to perch. Kestrels often hunt by hovering stationary in the air before diving on a prey item.
Where to Find: Fairly common, look for them in the desert and other open areas. Fairly common in town too.