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Slaty-backed Forest-Falcon Micrastur mirandollei

  • © Lev Frid

The Slaty-backed Forest-Falcon is a bicolored raptor of lowland Neotropical forests. It occurs from Panama south through the Amazon basin, and also in eastern Brazil. Adults are gray above and white below, with a long, rounded tail with three white bands. It differs from raptors with similar plumage primarily in structure and size. The typical call is longer than other forest-falcons, usually with 7-10 notes repeated in a trogon-like series. The Slaty-backed Forest-Falcon generally hunts higher in the forest than other forest-falcons, preying on birds in the canopy or mid-story. There is no information on the nest or breeding behavior of this species.

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© David L. Ross, Jr.

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Slaty-backed Forest-Falcon (Micrastur mirandollei), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: