Kachina, a female American kestrel  (Falco sparverius) – is another hit-by-car victim.  Although she has retained around 85% of her flight ability, it is not enough to survive in the wild.  She could easily get caught by a larger raptor or not be able to catch enough prey to survive.  Kachina was adopted by EITS from the Ojai Raptor Center in 2005, as a full adult, so her true age is unknown.  We believe she was at least 1 year old, possibly older, when adopted.  In the wild, Kestrels’ average life span is only 2-6 years, as they are both predator and prey.  Most captive birds of prey live longer than their wild relatives.