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Photo © by Mitcon
Adelaide, South Australia, September 2005
Falco berigora



  • Dark brown upperparts
  • Cream underparts
  • Brown sides to head
  • Tear-stripe below the eye
  • Barred tails

There are several colour morphs, ranging from very dark brown to light brown upperparts and off-white underparts.


Australasia: occurs over most of the continent although scarcer on the east coast. Also found on Tasmania and in southern and eastern New Guinea.

Resident or nomadic.



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • F. b. novaeguineae:
  • F. b. berigora:
  • F. b. occidentalis:

Two additional subspecies centralia in the dry interior of Australia is generally considered invalid and tasmanica on Tasmania is not recognised my most authorities[2].


Photo © by Peter Day
Pengilly Scrub, South Australia Australia, Dec 2014

Open woodland and forest edge, plains, grasslands and farmland.



The diet includes small mammals, insects, and reptiles.


The nest is made from sticks. The 2-6 eggs are incubated by both sexes for 30 days. The young fledge after a further 40-45 days.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. Birds in Backyards

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