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A male American Kestrel (Falco sparverius). Did you know that American Kestrels are one of the few raptors that display sexual dimorphism in their plumage? That means you can tell the gender of an American Kestrel just by looking at its feathers!

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Male Sparrowhawk Print by Paul Scoullar

Male Sparrowhawk very common where I live. In fact my uncle had to move his bird table as his resident Sparrowhawk was taking advantage of the little hungry birds who were more interested in the seeds and nuts and not the predators watching from the treetops!!

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Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii) ~ A crow-sized hawk (males can be smaller), blue-gray on the back & head, with horizontal orange barring on the breast & belly (mature). *Very* similar to sharp-shinned hawk. Extremely fast, agile flier through thick canopies, preys on small to medium birds & occasionally small mammals. Year-round in Arkansas.

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closeup of an adult male peregrine falcon, photo by John Hyde. The peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), also known as the peregrine, and historically as the duck hawk in North America, is a widespread bird of prey in the family Falconidae. A large, crow-sized falcon, it has a blue-grey back, barred white underparts, and a black head.

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Kestrel © Michael Hogan, New Jersey, February 2005, http://www.flickr.com/photos/hoganphoto/2979306570/

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cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperii) is a medium-sized hawk native to the North American continent and found from Southern Canada to Northern Mexico . As in many birds of prey , the male is smaller than the female.

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