American Kestrel

Raptor Info

Name Cache
Species American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)

Hatch Date: 2023
Sex: Male
Reason Non-Releasable: Hatched in falconry program for education
Weight: 0.2 lbs – as much as a candy bar!
Joined TRC Team: February 2024
Favorite Enrichment: A tree to perch in
Fun Fact: The American Kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America.

Cache hatched in a falconry program in Philadelphia and was raised to be an education ambassador. The name Cache comes from a Kestrels’ caching behavior, in which they will take food that is left over from their prey and hide it in different spots to return to later. American Kestrels are the smallest and most common falcon in North America and have declined an estimated 40% since the 1970s. Cache helps teach us about supporting raptor populations by placing nest boxes in our environment, keeping cats indoors, and reducing the use of pesticides. After all, American Kestrels are a natural pest control that helps manage prey and insect populations!

Photo credit: TRC Staff

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