Species Profile: Southeastern American Kestrel (Falco sparverius paulus) on Military Installations in the Southeastern United States (Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program).
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The southeastern American kestrel Falco sparvenus paulus is one of two subspecies of kestrels that occur in the United States. It is a former candidate for listing as Threatened or Endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The southeastern subspecies is a nonmigratory resident of the southern Gulf Coast States, now extirpated over much of its former range. Current range includes portions of east Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Southeastern American kestrels prefer open longleaf pine-turkey oak sandhill communities, agriculturalmixed hardwood communities, pine flatwoods, old-growth slash pine, and grasslands and pastures. They have been documented on several military installations in the Southeast. This report is one of a series of Species Profiles being developed for threatened, endangered, and sensitive species inhabiting southeastern United States plant communities. The work is being conducted as part of the Department of Defense DoD Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program SERDP. The report is designed to supplement information provided in plant community management reports for major United States plant communities found on military installations. Information provided on the southeastern American kestrel includes status, life history and ecology, habitat requirements, impacts and cause of decline, management and protection, and inventory and monitoring.