Help collect behavioral data by reporting what you see on the KestrelCams!
If you enjoy watching the Kestrel Cam, please support our work to recover threatened and endangered birds of prey. Your donation will:
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The interior camera uses infrared light to "see" in the dark and low lighting. The exterior camera also detects infrared light, hence the impression of a "lit" nestbox at night, but the light is invisible to kestrels and humans so the kestrels have a dark box for sleeping.
Females have alternating black and orange bars across their tail, back, and wing feathers, while males have blue wing feathers and only one thick black bar near the end of their tail feathers.
Check out the fantastic kestrel photos donated by our sponsoring professional photographers in our Kestrel Photo Gallery!
On average, the North American breeding population of American Kestrels has declined by an estimated 50% from 1966 to 2012 according to USGS Breeding Bird Survey data. However, population trends vary by geographic region, such as New England, where the population has declined by estimated 88%. Check out our Population Declines webpage to see the trend in your region.
Building your own kestrel nesting box gives you the opportunity to enjoy the colorful and charismatic American Kestrel up close. It also allows you to contribute to kestrel conservation. Monitoring kestrel boxes (counting eggs and nestlings during the nesting season) and entering data onto the Partnership website produces information critical for kestrel research and conservation planning.
Check out our American Kestrel illustrated life cycle!
Find technical information at The Peregrine Fund's Global Raptor Information Network!
Visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds section on the American Kestrel!
Read this first! KestrelCams and nestcams: guidelines and configuration (PDF)
Ready to purchase a nestcam? Contact our sponsoring partner! Spy on a Bird LLC sells nestcams custom configured for nestboxes and gives 15% discounts to our partners!
Want to embed the KestrelCam feeds on your website? We encourage our partners to do so and the embedding codes can be accessed on Livestream's webpages:
Bringing the fascinating world of nesting American Kestrels to you with our KestrelCams is made possible by our partnership with Bosch Security Systems, The Boise State University Intermountain Bird Observatory, and The Idaho Department of Fish and Game. We thank Willem Ryan, Steve Tangert, and Matt Thomas for the camera donations and technical expertise. We also thank Bob Anderson of the Raptor Resource Project (and founder of the famous Decorah Bald Eagle cam!) for his early encouragement and technical expertise.