Birds of Colombia

    FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae (Caracaras, Falcons)  
Genus: Falco (6 species, 39 worldwide)


Merlin
Merlin (Falco columbarius columbarius)
Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida, USA
  A small migratory falcon that is very slightly larger and less colorful than the American Kestrel.
   

Orange-breasted Falcon
Orange-breasted Falcon (Falco deiroleucus) Near Threatened
Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia
  A large falcon similarly colored to the Bat Falcon, except with a well-defined orange band across the chest.
   

Aplomado Falcon
Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis)
Chile
  A medium sized falcon, larger than Bat Falcon but smaller than Orange-breasted Falcon.
   
Photograph by Peter E. Hart     Copyright and usage info

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus anatum)
Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida, USA  
   

a mediun-sized falcon believedd to be the fastrst animal on the planet. Note the black mask. Peregrine means wanderer, and this species is possible almost anywhere.

Bat Falcon
Bat Falcon (Falco rufigularis petoensis)
Tatama National Park, Pueblo Rico, Risaralda, Colombia
  A small falcon, but larger than a Merlin or Kestrel.
   

American Kestrel
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) Male
Montevideo, Uruguay  
   

American Kestrel
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) Female
Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida, USA
  The female has a brown wing.
   


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