SCIENTIFIC NAME:Falco sparverius POPULATION: 4 million; 2.5 million in the United States and Canada TREND: Declining throughout North America. HABITAT: Open habitats such as grasslands, meadows, and deserts, close to suitable trees for nesting and perching.
About the size of a Blue Jay, the American Kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America. Common nicknames for this scrappy little raptor include “sparrow hawk” (after the distantly related Eurasian Sparrowhawk), “grasshopper hawk,” for one of its favorite prey items, and “killy hawk,” due to its shrill call.
American Kestrels have two black spots, known as ocelli(“little eyes” in Latin), at the back of their heads. These false “eyes” help protect this little falcon from potential attackers sneaking up from the rear, whether they are predators or mobbing songbirds. American Kestrels also have two vertical black facial markings on each side of the head, in contrast to most other falcon species, which only have one.
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SCIENTIFIC NAME:Icterus northropi POPULATION: Fewer than 300 individuals. IUCN STATUS: Critically Endangered TREND: Decreasing HABITAT: Broadleaf and pine forests and edges; will use human-altered habitats.
The dashing Bahama Oriole has shiny black plumage and bright lemon-yellow on its belly, wings, and rump. Unlike the relatedBaltimore Oriole, male and female Bahama Orioles are very similar in appearance. Found only on the Andros Islands in the Bahamas, fewer than 300 individuals are thought to remain.