American Kestrel
American Kestrel
American Kestrel
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
Small falcon found in deserts, forest openings, marshes, grasslands and suburban areas.

Two groups of American Kestrels arrived at the Center. These photos are of the first group. The female of this group did not survive. She had an infection that was too far along, but the male is doing well.

The first photo of this group was taken 6/8/02. The photos of the male were taken 6/23/02.

American Kestrel
American Kestrel
American Kestrel

The second group also had problems. A swab indicated the presence of Trichomoniasis, a well-documented condition of birds caused by the flagellated protozoan Trichomonas gallinae. The disease is considered to be enzootic in pigeons, and is often referred to as "canker". It also occurs in falcons and has been described for centuries by falconers as "frounce". The disease is transmitted to raptors through their feeding on infected pigeons. Courtship feeding and the oral presentation of food to the young could play a role in disease transmission.

The female was not responding to treatment and had to have an operation. The last swab taken showed no more presence of the protozoan. The first picture of this group was taken 6/8/02 and the last two on 6/23/02. The female was still recovering from the operation in the last picture.