Prairie Falcon Falco mexicanus

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Adult

Large falcon with long, pointed wings, white line over eye. In adults tail is often paler than wings. Adults have yellow skin around the bill (cere) and yellow legs and feet.

Adult

Large falcon with sharply pointed wings and fairly long tail. Uniform sandy brown upperparts. Note whitish line over the eye, pale cheek, and narrow malar or "mustache" stripe. Tail is often lighter than wings.

Immature

Large falcon with sharply pointed wings. Prominent dark "armpits" and wing linings are distinctive when seen. Note thin mustache stripe.

Adult

Sandy brown falcon with white cheek, white line over eye, and thin dark mustache stripe. Adults have neat brownish spotting on the underparts.

Immature

Sandy brown falcon with white cheek, white line over eye, and thin dark mustache stripe. Immatures have heavier dark streaking on the underparts. The cere (skin around base of bill) is bluish gray.

Habitat

Hunts ground squirrels and other small mammals and birds across open country of western North America, including plains, prairies, agricultural land, deserts, and sagebrush.

Recommended Citation

Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus), 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/prafal