Family Falcons, Caracaras (Falconidae)

Least Concern

Spot-winged Falconet (Spiziapteryx circumcincta)


Taxonomy

French: Fauconnet à ailes tachetées German: Tropfenfalke Spanish: Halconcito argentino
Taxonomy:

Harpagus circumcinctus

Kaup

, 1852,

Chili [Chile]; error = Mendoza, Argentina

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

E Bolivia (Santa Cruz) through Paraguay to N & C Argentina (S to E Río Negro) and W Uruguay#R.

Descriptive notes

25–31 cm; 149–249 g (n = 22, sexes combined), means of 157·8 g and 188 g for four males and four females, respectively; wingspan 47–58 cm.... read more

Voice

Gives series of nasal clucking notes that fall in pitch when disturbed at nest; also a loud,... read more

Habitat

Mainly lowland savanna and semi-arid woodland with scrub; common characteristics of all habitats... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects (Orthoptera, cicadas, beetles and probably others), lizards, small mammals (e.g. cavies Microcavia) and birds,... read more

Breeding

Very little information available. No aerial displays known. Laying in Nov–Dec in Argentina, although birds in breeding condition... read more

Movements

Probably sedentary. Of 22 birds trapped in SC Argentina, three re-trapped within a year after... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Status virtually unknown, although considered locally common in Córdoba, Argentina, and reasonably numerous at a... read more

Recommended citation

Bierregaard, R.O., Jr, Kirwan, G.M. & Marks, J.S. (2020). Spot-winged Falconet (Spiziapteryx circumcincta). 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/53204 on 18 February 2020).