Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur

Sitio realizado por aficionados a la observación de aves desde 10 de enero 2006

American Kestrel - male or female

Halconcito colorado/American Kestrel© Carlos González Ledo

Halconcito colorado/American Kestrel© Carlos González Ledo


Easy if we spot the grey or rufous colour on the wing. Rufous wing is the female's. Grey one, the male's. If not at sight there are other characteristics to tell them apart.

Halconcito colorado/American Kestrel© J. Simón Tagtachian
Halconcito colorado/American Kestrel© Pablo Serur


With the tail wide open the difference is remarkable. The female has a rufous tail with thin black bars. The male a plain rufous tail with a black subterminal band. The male also has two outer remiges with black bands. When the tail is closed these outer remiges hide the rest of the feathers giving a wrong impression that the tail is barred.
Luckily there is another characteristic - the streaked rufous breast in the female and black dots mainly on the male's flanks.


Halconcito colorado/American Kestrel© J. Simón Tagtachian
Halconcito coloradoM/American KestrelM© J. Simón Tagtachian