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Prairie Falcon

Falco mexicanus


Plumage is warm gray-brown (sometimes called "sandy") above and pale with more or less dark mottling below. The darkest part of the upper side is the primary wing feathers; the lightest is the rump and tail, particularly the outer tail feathers. The head has a "moustache" mark like a Peregrine Falcon's but narrower, and a white line over the eye. A conspicuous character is that the axillars ("wingpits") and underwing coverts are black, except along the leading edge of the wing. This creates an effect of "struts" from the body along each wing. Juveniles resemble adults except that they have dark streaks on the breast and belly and darker, less grayish upper-parts.


Agricultural Land


This falcon has been banded by the Denver International Airport. Raptors that are trapped on DIA land are banded and relocated. If they return and are trapped 3 times they are euthanized. While this may be upsetting, a raptor of this size can bring down an aircraft. This is done for the safety of travelers.

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EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Thanks for looking everyone!

armadeus.4 6 years ago

Superb shot. Thank you for sharing Emily :)

EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Thank you Dixie! This falcon now knows the sound of my vehicle and books it whenever I get near his favorite hunting spot!

Dixie 6 years ago


EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Thank you for the kind words everyone!

Great capture Emily,congrats and thanks for sharing

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 6 years ago

Great shot👍👍👍

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 6 years ago

My favorite picture of the week. Prairie falcon shots like this are hard to find.

EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Thank you guys!

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Awesome image and great notes Emily!

Alex Salcedo
Alex Salcedo 6 years ago

Awesome spotting!

EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Thank you so much venusflytrap2000!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 6 years ago

OMG terrific image emily!

EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Thank you Joshua!

JoshuaGSmith 6 years ago

Excellent photography!

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Brighton, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jan 6, 2015
Submitted on Jan 7, 2015

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