French: Faucon aplomado German: Aplomadofalke Spanish: Halcón aleto
Subspecies and Distribution
F. f. septentrionalis
Todd, 1916 – N Mexico S locally to Guatemala#R.
F. f. femoralis
Temminck, 1822 – Belize; SE Honduras#R and NE Nicaragua; Panama; Colombia E to the Guianas, and S through E Bolivia and Brazil to Argentina, extending S to Tierra del Fuego.
F. f. pichinchae
Chapman, 1925 – temperate zones of SW Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and W Bolivia S to C Chile and NW Argentina (Tucumán).
Male 35–38 cm, 208–305 g; female 43–45 cm, 271–460 g. Tail rather long, in comparison with other falcons. Superficially similar to smaller F.... read more
In alarm near nest, typical shrill scream of genus Falco, "kee-kee-kee...", or... read more
Grassland, savanna, edges of montane forest, agricultural regions, cactus desert and shrub steppe (... read more
Food and feeding
Claimed to feed heavily on insects and rodents; more detailed studies show birds as staple diet, with some rodents, bats, insects, lizards... read more
Poorly known until recently. Season Feb–Aug in tropical Mexico (though Jan–May in Chihuahua, where species to some extent takes... read more
Middle American birds long considered to be predominantly migratory, although some overwinter (in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Throughout most of its extensive range, populations stable or perhaps increasing, especially where deforestation is opening... read more
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