(Falco sparverius) The American Kestrel is the smallest and most numerous of the North American Falcon. All of our kestrels have different stories to tell but all agree they were handled by humans, making them imprinted. The are great ambassadors in our "Zoo to You" program. What does the American kestrel eat? Kestrels feed mainly on crickets, grasshoppers, mice, voles, lizards, snakes, and small birds. How long do they live? The average age of American kestrels in the wild is thought to be slightly under 3 years. The oldest recorded kestrel in the wild was 11 years and 7 months old. In captivity American kestrels have lived up to 17 years. How many American kestrels can be born at a time? Females lay 4 - 6 eggs. Where are they found? Kestrels can live as far north as the Arctic Circle (Alaska and Northern Canada), as far south as Tierra del Fuego in South America, and almost everywhere in between. They are also found in parts of the West Indies, on Guadeloupe Island in Mexico, and the Juan Fernandez Islands off the coast of Chile.