Shortly after hatching, Saxon and his nest mates were found on the ground in a person’s backyard. The young birds were brought to a wildlife rehabilitation hospital. Although the others in the brood were released, Saxon displayed struggles with flight. The veterinary team found an injury of his flight bones and deemed him non-releasable. He moved to Schlitz Audubon Nature Center at five months old and helps educate about American Kestrels and conservation.
Hatch Year: 2023
Weight: 3-6 ounces | Saxon: 4 oz
Wingspan: 21-24 in
Lifespan in the Wild: 2-7 years
Lifespan in Captivity: 12 years
Fun Fact: Saxon often bobs his head and tail, which is his way of exhibiting normal kestrel behavior.
About my Species: American kestrels are unique in the raptor world. Not only are they one of the few raptor species that can hover in flight, but they are also sexually dichromatic, meaning that males and females have different plumage. They are the smallest falcon in the United States.