Family Falcons, Caracaras (Falconidae)


Plumbeous Forest-falcon (Micrastur plumbeus)


French: Carnifex plombé German: Einbinden-Waldfalke Spanish: Halcón montés plomizo

Micrastur plumbeus

W. L. Sclater

, 1918,

Río Bogotá, Esmeraldas, Ecuador


A member of the M. ruficollis clade#R. Has been included within M. gilvicollis; sympatric with M. ruficollis interstes, and, when gilvicollis was included within M. ruficollis, plumbeus was elevated to species rank; with M. ruficollis and gilvicollis now shown to be separate species, status of plumbeus unclear, but generally retained as full species; further research required to clarify taxonomic status. Monotypic.


SW Colombia (S Chocó to Nariño#R) and NW Ecuador (Esmeraldas).

Descriptive notes

31–36 cm; male 172–188 g, female 180–213 g. Above slate grey, with head, neck and centre of back paler; throat and breast grey, fading to whitish with fine... read more


Vocalizations very similar to Barred Forest-falcon M. ruficollis. Somewhat dog-like,... read more


Interior of undisturbed wet forest in lowlands and foothills of Pacific slope from near sea-level... read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Posited to be opportunistic predator of small vertebrates and larger invertebrates, including land crabs, birds and... read more


Very little information. Probably nests in tree cavities, as do congeners. Newly fledged young found in Jul and Aug. No information on... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Suffering from deforestation and degradation of habitat within limited range, both in Colombia and Ecuador; surveys and protection required. No hard... read more

Recommended citation

Bierregaard, R.O., Jr, Boesman, P. & Marks, J.S. (2020). Plumbeous Forest-falcon (Micrastur plumbeus). 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 on 18 February 2020).