FALCON is a speedy bird of prey with long, pointed wings, long tail and a notched beak that ends in a hook. It nests in trees or high on rock ledges close to open areas, where it prefers to hunt. Five species occur in BC. The American kestrel, sometimes called the sparrow hawk (Falco sparverius), is a robin-sized bird common throughout the province in summer, which feeds on mice and large INSECTS. The female is mottled brown; the male has blue wings. The merlin, or pigeon hawk (Falco...

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