American Kestrel (Killy Hawk)

Length 23-30cm (9-12″). Fairly common winter visitor and passage migrant to the Cayman Islands. Prefers secondary mangrove, margins of inland and coastal woodland. Adapted to living in highly developed areas. Will take dragonflies and other large insects on the wing, also small lizards and small birds, often returning to a favoured tree stump or post to feed. The kestrel is recognisable at distance by virtue of its distinctive hovering flight; maintaining a pinpoint stationary position in the air, with its tail and head bent downwards. Takes its local name from its call; a high pitched killy-killy-killy.

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