Pip the American Kestrel
Pip was bred in captivity and joined the Mountsberg Raptor Centre in 2014 when he was approximately 5 weeks old. As he is imprinted on humans, Pip is very comfortable in his role as a member of our education team and is frequently seen in our public and school programs as well as Raptor Encounters and offsite presentations.
The American Kestrel
Favourite snacks: Grasshoppers, dragonflies, small birds, mice and voles
Interesting facts: American Kestrels are one of the only Ontario raptor species that can hover in midair; they do this to search for prey. American Kestrels can also see ultra-violet light; this helps them spot the urine trails of small rodents while hunting.