Take Flight with The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors, American Kestrel

The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors will publish in April 2013. To celebrate its imminent publication, we will post a different sample plate every Tuesday from now till publication. First up is a 2-page spread of the American Kestrel, a bird that is high up on my “I hope to see this soon” list.  For now, this gorgeous composite illustration will have to do.

Click on the image below to open up an even larger version to examine.


Check back later this week for a bonus plate from The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds, and next Tuesday for another bonus raptor plate.

To see ALL the sample plates from The Crossley ID Guide, click here.



  1. The photos are amazing. I’m sure it will be fantastic, as is the Eastern Bird edition.

    I’m really hoping a iPad app is in the works. I’d buy that as soon as it the App Store.

    And of course ill be picking this book as well.

    Nice job and best wishes !

    Madison, NE

  2. What other kinds of birds of prey is the kestrel most closely related to? The striped feathers and the shape of its head make it seem very closely related to some species of owls. I hope the edition is a huge hit, as I’m a great fan of all raptors.