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Falco femoralis

Aplomado Falcon

  • Order: Falconiformes
  • Family: Falconidae
  • Polytypic 3 Subspecies

Authors: Rodríguez-Flores, C., C. Soberanes-González, and M. C. Arizmendi

Life History


It feeds on a wide variety of prey, mostly birds and insects, but may include rodents, bats, insects and lizards. A study in Mexico reported that consume 50 different bird species, including chachalacas, doves, moorhens, ducks and grackles.


It captures birds at dawn. Hunting insects in flight at sunset, and consumed in the air. Generally traps their prey by surprise attacks from perches or flying at ground level, very rarely hunt in nose dive, so it does not include among its prey, birds of


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Sexual Behavior

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Social and interspecific behavior

Often perches in bushes and bare trees, at times on ground.


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Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the chicks. Studies in pairs reintroduced into the Southern United States indicate that during reproduction, mortality is constant during incubation, is high during the hatching and early rearing, and low towards th

In Mexico it breeds in dry season, establishing nesting territories between January and March, and ending in June. It has one brood per year. Aplomado's nest is a platform of branches located at base of tree branches or shrubs in upper or mid-levels (more

Populations and Demography

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Recommended Citation

Rodríguez-Flores, C., C. Soberanes-González, and M. C. Arizmendi. 2010. Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: