News About The Raptor Center, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Meet Violet - TRC's Education American Kestrel
Meet Violet the American kestrel.
Many of you might have already met Violet, one of our education ambassador American kestrels. She now has a name!
Hatch year 2012
Weight: 115 grams
Found near Superior, Wisconsin
Fractured right coracoid and elbow trauma
Injured in collision with vehicle
was admitted to The Raptor Center’s clinic in August of her hatch year,
2012. This timing means she was not out of her nest cavity for more
than a few weeks. She was unable to fly after a collision with a
vehicle. In addition to a fractured right coracoid, she also had trauma
to her right elbow and was dehydrated.
Violet’s name refers to a very unique adaptation that American
kestrels might have, as referenced in several professional papers, to
assist in finding their prey. Mice and small rodents are a part of a
kestrel’s diet. These mammals will often leave a urine trail that could
reflect ultraviolet (UV) light. A visual pigment in the cones of
kestrels’ retinas absorbs UV light, perhaps allowing them to see this
part of the spectrum.
You can read about Violet and "meet" our other education ambassadors on our website.