They can be found throughout North and South America.
They live in almost any habitat that has open areas for hunting and tall places for it to perch.
They are the smallest falcon in North America, only reaching about 12 inches tall. They have slate-gray colored wings and a spotted breast and belly, a rust-colored tail and back and two up and down (vertical) black stripes on their face. They have a short, hooked bill, white cheeks, a long tail and long, pointed wings. Females have rust-colored wings and streaks on her breast. It was once called a sparrow hawk.
They live alone except during mating season. They like to perch up on trees and telephone poles to watch for prey. They can hover over their prey and then drop down to kill it.
They eat small mammals, small birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians.
They are the only North American falcon that nests in tree holes or nest boxes. The female lays 3 to 7 eggs and does most of the warming of the eggs until they hatch (incubation). The eggs hatch in about 1 month.
Species: F. sparverius
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