Prairie Falcon

Falco mexicanus

Order

FALCONIFORMES

Family

Caracaras and Falcons (Falconidae)

Code 4

PRFA

Code 6

FALMEX

ITIS

HEAD

Prairie Falcon Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Hooked
  • Eye Color: Dark brown in all age groups.
  • Head pattern: Eyering, Unique pattern, Malar or malar stripe, Eyebrow
  • Crown Color: Brown
  • Forehead Color: White to pale brown.
  • Nape Color: Brown
  • Throat Color: White
  • Cere color: Yellow

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BODY

Prairie Falcon Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 38-48 cm (15-19 in)
  • Weight: 544 g (19.2 oz)
  • Size: Large (16 - 32 in)
  • Color Primary: White, Brown
  • Underparts: White with brown spots.
  • Upperparts: Brown
  • Back Pattern: Solid, Scaled or scalloped
  • Belly Pattern: Spotted or speckled, Striped or streaked
  • Breast Pattern: Striped or streaked

FLIGHT

Prairie Falcon Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats.
  • Wingspan Range: 102-107 cm (40-42 in)
  • Wing Shape: Long-Wings
  • Tail shape: Fan-shaped Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Barred
  • Upper Tail: Brown
  • Under Tail: White with pale brown bars.
  • Leg Color: Yellow
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Head Feathers and Markings X
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