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Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis

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Adult

A medium-sized falcon with a bold black-and-white facial pattern. Individuals in the Andes of South America tend to have darker backs and have a narrow, incomplete breast band.

Adult

Individuals in the U.S. and northern Mexico have thicker breast bands that extend all the way across the breast. Note the long black-and-white tail and rusty lower belly.

Adult

Flies on long pointed wings. Note the barred underwings and long black-and-white tail.

Immature

Immatures are browner overall with streaking on the chest.

Adult

A long and lanky falcon with bold black-and-white stripes on the face.

Immature

Note that the tail extends well beyond the wings when perched.

Adult

Adults are dark brown to slate blue above and tricolored below; a dark band separates the white or buffy chest from the rusty lower belly.

Adult

The underwing linings often appear dark at a distance. Hunts insects and birds in midair.

Recommended Citation

Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/aplfal