Homer II

American Kestrel
, Falco sparverius
Location of Rescue: 
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Cause of Admission: 
Injured wing

Homer is a male Kestrel.  Kestrels are unique among raptors in that there is sexual dimorphism:  by looking at them you can tell the difference between the males and females. Kestrels are also some of the most colorful raptors. The tails of the males have one black stripe on the end; the females have black stripes all the way up their tail.  Males also have a slate-blue head and wings and a rusty-red back and tail. Females are rusty-red on their wings, back and tail.

Homer was found in Churubusco in 2011.  We will never know what caused his wing injury. 

American Kestrels are also known as sparrow hawks.  Kestrels will eat small birds as well as insects.  Kestrels are a common raptor in Indiana.  You can often find them perched on wires looking for their next meal!  In some parts of the country, kestrel populations are on the decline.  You can put up nest boxes to help the kestrels out!

Adoption Gift Options

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What you'll get with the listed donations:

  • $50 - Adoption Certificate and information about your bird’s life.
  • $100 - $200 An educational book describing the Raptors of North America and an 8 x 10 portrait of your raptor.  
  • $300 - A personal photo opportunity with your raptor.[Requires advanced scheduling with Soarin’ Hawk. 
  • $1000 - Corporate Sponsor: Presentation of the sponsored bird at company function, and company logo on our web site.