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Southeastern American Kestrel

The Southeastern American Kestrel (Falco sparverius paulus) is a non-migratory subspecies of kestrel found in open pine savannahs, sandhills, prairies, and pastures in Florida and the southeastern United States. It is listed as threatened in Florida due to a decline in nesting and foraging habitat. Learn how biologists are using nest box programs to increase populations of this rare bird.



Florida's Resident American Kestrels

Learn more about the ecology of Southeastern American Kestrels, including where they nest and what they eat.

How to Identify Southeastern American Kestrels

Learn more about what Southeastern American Kestrels look like and how to distinguish them from migratory kestrels that winter in Florida. Help the FWC by reporting sightings of Southeastern American Kestrels during breeding season.

Conservation Status of Southeastern American Kestrels

Declines in nesting and foraging habitat in Florida have had negative impacts on the Southeastern American Kestrel.

Nest Boxes for Southeastern American Kestrels

Find out more about how biologists are using nest box programs to increase populations of this rare bird.

Publications and Other Resources

Publications of Southeastern American Kestrel research conducted or funded by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Flickr Photo Set: Southeastern American Kestrel

View photos of the Southeastern American Kestrel in this photo set on Flickr.


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