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Falco deiroleucus

Orange-breasted Falcon

  • Order: Falconiformes
  • Family: Falconidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Berry, Robert, Christopher Wood, and Brian Sullivan

Falco deiroleucus

Tikal National Park, Peten, Guatemala, 10 April 2009 © Eduardo Iñigo-Elias and Córdova Alvárez

This species account is dedicated in honor of Robert Berry, member of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Administrative Board.

Orange-breasted Falcon is a raptor of the Neotropics whose range historically stretched from southern Mexico through northern Argentina. It now is found only locally throughout its expansive range, with most current observations coming from a few well-known nesting locations. Never considered common anywhere, Orange-breasted Falcon’s current abundance and distribution are clouded by confusion with the similarly-plumaged Bat Falcon (Falco rufigularis); many purported records of Orange-breasted Falcons outside their known localities may pertain to that species.

Recommended Citation

Berry, Robert, Christopher Wood, and Brian Sullivan. 2009. Orange-breasted Falcon (Falco deiroleucus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
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  • Diet:Birds
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  • Mating System:Monogamy
  • Nest Form:Scrape
  • Clutch: 3 - 3
  • IUCN Status:Near Threatened