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Kestrel or Prairie Falcon?

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Very nice photo!

This is an American Kestrel, probably a young one due to the drabber plumage. While adult males have a rusty above, bluish wings, buffy underparts, spotted overall, and a black band on the orange tail, females/immatures have a rusty overall, black barring on the reddish-brown back/wings, brown-streaked pale underparts, and a barred orange tail. Note the very small size and two black slashes (like a mustache and sideburns) on the head in both sexes.

American kestrels are much smaller than Prairie Falcons (only about a Mourning Dove size), have black barring on the back (not plain sandy brown), and two black slashes on the head (not only one facial stripe).

Edited by akandula
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