Order Falconiformes

Family Falconidae

Falcons, Caracaras
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  • Small to medium-sized predatory birds with hooked bill and usually raptorial talons.
  • All regions except Antarctic.
  • All habitats, from tundra to desert to tropical forest.
  • 14-65 cm.
  • 11 genera, 64 species, 152 taxa.
  • 7 species threatened;
    1 subspecies extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

White, C.M., Olsen, P.D. & Kiff, L.F. (2019). Falcons, Caracaras (Falconidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52215 on 12 December 2019).