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"The eyes are the mirror to the soul", that may be true for birds as well as for people. A range of emotions and expressions can be seen on the face of all sorts of birds. Falcons, including this American kestrel (Falco sparverius) are keen-eyed
aerial hunters. They have a fierce-eyed stare enhanced by their menacing predatory beak. They can look trusting and contented, to focused and verging on rage. Though they may be small in size, kestrels are well equipped to sustain and maintain themselves in many different environments, even those disturbed or created by the actions of humans. They perch out in the open to survey their surroundings and search for prey. Males are slightly smaller than females, both are dressed
in shades of tan and slate and peach, with two vertical black marks on their face. Their presence is revealed by their high and rapidly given calls, "ki-LEE, ki-LEE, ki-LEE, ki-LEE," - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - by Claude G. Edwards

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