American Kestrel Sounds (Learn their 2 Calls)

As the smallest falcon in North America, the American Kestrel can be hard to spot. Learning their unique calls and sounds will help you locate these beautiful birds in the field.

Also, one of the most colorful falcons around, both males and females show off cinnamon-brown plumage with stripes around their eyes. The males also have a gorgeous slate blue coloring.

American Kestrel CALLS:

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Sound #1: ‘Klee’

Lasting 3-6 seconds, this call sounds like they are calling ‘klee‘ over and over. Some people also hear ‘king‘. I personally just hear a bird laughing and listen for that when I am birding.  Whichever you sound you hear, when heard be sure to look up because the American Kestrel is nearby.

Sound #2: Chitter

This American Kestrel call is considered a friendly interaction between two kestrels. Known as ‘chitter‘ it can be quite fast as these falcons always sound very excited in their calls.

American Kestrels also use a long whine call that can last up to 2 minutes. This call is typically only used during courting seasons.

Have you heard the calls and sounds of an American Kestrel before?

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