American Kestrel Danville 1

“Danville”

American Kestrel 
Falco sparverius

Danville is one of our glove-trained education birds. He hatched in Danville, Vermont, where a member of the public found him on the floor of their barn at a very young age. They brought Danville into their home and raised him: an illegal act. As a result, he imprinted on humans. He sees himself as a human, cannot recognize other kestrels, and lacks the skills he would need to survive in the wild. Fortunately, VINS provides Danville with a meaningful life with humans. 
All who meet Danville love the chance for a close look at such a tiny predator. He is remarkably calm around people, often preening and fluffing his feathers comfortably while perched on the glove. Because he has no physical injuries, he is an excellent flyer, able to do long flight demonstrations in exchange for tiny pieces of food. As adorable as he may look, Danville is often bold and fearless. He hides extra food in the corners of his enclosure, then calls loudly to defend the food against anyone who walks by. Despite his size, Danville is not to be underestimated!
American Kestrel Danville 2
American Kestrel Danville 3

Adopt Packages

Thank you for helping support the care of our American Kestrel, Danville, through the RISE Adopt a Raptor Program. Together, we can protect our natural heritage through education, research and avian wildlife rehabilitation.

$30

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate
Species Fact Sheet
Digital Photo

$50

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate
Species Fact Sheet
Color Photo
Window Cling Decal

$100

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate 
Species Fact Sheet 
Color Photo 
Window Cling Decal
Reusable Shopping Bag

$500

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate 
Species Fact Sheet 
Color Photo 
Window Cling Decal
Reusable Shopping Bag
Behind-the-Scenes Tour