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Aplomado Falcon

Falco femoralis

Description:

The Aplomado Falcon is very slender, long-winged, and long-tailed, the size of a small Peregrine Falcon (F. peregrinus), at 12–16 in (30–40 cm) long and with an average wingspan of about 36 in (90 cm), but only half the weight, at about 7.3–10.8 oz (208–305 g) in males and 9.6–16 oz (271–460 g) in females. In adult birds, the upperparts are dark blue-grey, as is much of the head, with the usual falcon "moustache" contrasting sharply with the white throat and eyestripe. The upper breast continues the white of the throat; there are black patches on each side of the lower breast that meet in the middle; the belly and thighs, below the black patches, are light cinnamon. The tail is black with narrow white or grey bars and a white tip. The cere, eye-ring, and feet are yellow or yellow-orange.

Habitat:

Grasslands, savannahs and marshes

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6 Comments

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 9 years ago

Beautiful composition!

MitchRay
MitchRay 9 years ago

Nicer

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 9 years ago

Beautiful shot of a beautiful bird!! Striking!

courtneyhitson
courtneyhitson 9 years ago

Nice capture!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Very Nice,,

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Beautiful bird & lovely photo!

MikeGrageda
Spotted by
MikeGrageda

Mexico

Spotted on Feb 13, 2011
Submitted on Dec 30, 2011

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