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Photo by Erikat
Coronie District, Suriname, June 2003
Falco rufigularis


Female – Subspecies F. r. petoensis
Photo © by Joseph Morlan
Crooked Tree Village, Belize District, Belize
26 January 2011

Female - 30.5 cm, male - 23 cm long male

  • Black back, head and tail
  • Creamy-white throat, upper breast and neck sides
  • Black lower breast and belly finely barred white
  • Orange thighs and lower belly

Young birds are similar but with a buffy throat.

Similar species

Orange-breasted Falcon


Photo by Luiz
Itatiaia highlands, Itamonte, MG, Brazil, March 2011

Central and South America: occurs in Mexico from southern Sonora and Tamaulipas southwards and through Central America to Panama; in South America breeds from Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad and the Guianas south to west Ecuador and northern Argentina.




There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • F. r. petoensis:
  • Humid lowlands of northern Mexico to southern Ecuador (west of the Andes)
  • F. r. rufigularis:
  • F. r. ophryophanes:

Subspecies petrophilus is not recognised by all authorities[2]


Open woodland, forest edge and plantations, often near water.



It feeds not only on bats but also on small birds and large insects which it catches on the wing.


It nests in an unlined tree hole and 2-3 brown eggs are laid.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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