Aplomado Falcon

Falco femoralis

Order

FALCONIFORMES

Family

Caracaras and Falcons (Falconidae)

Code 4

APFA

Code 6

FALFEM

ITIS

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Aplomado Falcon has a range of approximately 12 million square kilometers. The bird is native to countries in Central America as well as North America. It has also been seen in the Falkland Islands. At the current time, the global population of the Aplomado Falcon is estimated to be as many as 500,000 individual birds. There is not currently any concern regarding the imminent danger of a population decline with the Aplomado Falcon. Considering the large range and population of the Aplomado Falcon, it currently has an evaluation of Least Concern.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Aplomado Falcon: Medium falcon with slate-gray upperparts, plain white breast. White, moustache-striped face has pale eyebrows joining at back of head. Belly and legs are cinnamon-brown. Long tail banded with white and black (or gray) stripes. Swift, direct flight with deep wing beats, also hovers.


Range and Habitat

Aplomado Falcon: This species once bred from southwestern U.S. to the southernmost portion of South America, but it was largely extirpated by the 1930s; currently it may be seen across Mexican-American border, mostly in extreme southern Mexico. Preferred habitats include deserts, grasslands, prairie, and savanna.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"keeh-keeh-keeh", "kiih"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • "Aplomado" is an unusual Spanish word for "lead-colored", referring to the blue-gray areas of the plumage.
  • A group of falcons has many collective nouns, including a "bazaar", "eyrie", "ringing up", "stooping up", and "tower" of falcons.
  • The Aplomado Falcon was first described in 1822 by Coenraad Jacob Temminck, a Dutch aristocrat and zoologist.
  • Their resemblance in shape to hobbies accounts for the former name of Orange-chested Hobby.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Aplomado Falcon

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
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The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Upper mandibleX
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