Pip the American Kestrel
Pip was bred in captivity and joined the Mountsberg Raptor Centre in 2014 when was he was approximately 5 weeks old. As he is imprinted on humans, Pip is very comfortable in his role as a member of our education team and is frequently seen in our public and school programs as well as Raptor Encounters and offsite presentations.
The American Kestrel
• Favourite Snacks: grasshoppers, dragonflies, small birds, mice, and voles.
• Special Talents: American Kestrels are the only Ontario falcon that can hover in mid-air. They do this to search for prey during a hunt.
• Enemies: It can be tough being one of the smallest birds of prey. Despite their fierce lifestyle, American Kestrels end up as prey for larger birds such as Northern Goshawks, Red-tailed Hawks, Barn Owls, American Crows, and Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks, as well as snakes, and even fire ants.