American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
Mariah, the female American Kestrel at the Living Coast, is one of the most popular birds on Raptor Row. She was rescued as a chick and brought to the Living Coast Discovery Center about a year later. Because of her early reliance on humans, Mariah cannot be returned to the wild so she helps our Education Department as an Animal Ambassador, winning the hearts of students, staff, and guests alike.
The American Kestrel, sometimes called sparrow hawk, is a small falcon common to North America. In fact they are the only kestrel found in the Americas. If you see one, it will likely be perched on a wire or hovering into the wind by flapping and adjusting its tail to stay in place. They hunt, usually, by taking prey from the ground but have been known to catch prey in flight.
If you’d like to see an American Kestrel up close, you can visit Mariah at the Living Coast or ask for a VIP Animal Encounter with her. We know you’ll love her as much as we do.