Animal Ark was contacted by a wild bird rehabilitation center in California regarding placement of this non-releasable Kestrel. She had been found in the wild as a young nestling along with 2 nest-mates. Of which 1 died and 1 escaped. Eventually, Katniss was turned over to the rehabilitation center due to an injury to her right leg near the hock joint that was likely caused by falconry bracelets being too tight. By this time, she was imprinted on humans and a release into the wild was not possible. Katniss arrived in June of 2019. If she is not in here, you may find her on the glove of a keeper or occasionally, perched on a perch in the Visitor Center.

When hunting, American Kestrels live in open spaces. They have a varied diet that includes insects, small mammals, lizards, and small birds. They can hover midair while out their next meal. Kestrels are sexually dimorphic, which means that the males have a different coloration than the females.

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Additional Info

Common Name: American Kestrel

Scientific Name: Falco sparverius

Gender: Female

Date of Birth: Spring 2018

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