Birds of Colombia

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

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)
Photograph by Peter E. Hart     Copyright and usage info

Perhaps a tiny bit smaller than the Peregrine Falcon. Uncommon in open areas and usually far from people.

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
Photograph by Carlos Delgado     Copyright and usage info

A medium-sized falcon believed to be the fastest animal on the planet. Note the black mask. Peregrine means wanderer, and this species is possible almost anywhere.
In flight.

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.

A small falcon found throughout the Americas and Caribbean. Some races migrate. Feeds on small rodents and lizards. Sometimes hovers.

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