American Kestrel Sculpture
The American Kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America and is often called a sparrow hawk. This small raptor hunts by hovering in the air with rapid wing beats, or by perching on a fence post, and scanning the ground for prey such as grasshoppers, lizards, small birds and mice. Proper training by a falconer allows many kestrels to become effective hunters of birds sometimes twice their weight. The natural breeding range reaches from Alaska to Nova Scotia, includes all of North America and extends into Mexico and some regions in the Carribean. On average, the bird will reach 9" to 12" tall, with a wing span of 20" to 24". Very common and often seen in fields or on the roadside, it is readily identifiable by the two black stripes on its white face, blue-gray wings and chestnut back and tail.
Nashville artist Randal Martin's intricate wood carving of this common, yet impressive bird perched on a fence post has been hand-cast in a poly-stone resin and hand painted in realistic detail. Measures 12" x 5-3/8" x 3-5/8" and weighs 2 lbs. 1.3 oz.