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Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis
2012-04-02 18:41:50

The Aplomado Falcon, (Falco femoralis), is a species of bird of prey of Central and South America. It is found from Northern Mexico and Trinidad to southern South America, although it has been exterminated in many areas of its range, including almost all of northern and central Mexico. Its widest range is found in South America, except for the deep interior of the Amazon Basin. Its habitat is...

Bat Falcon Falco rufigularis
2012-04-02 16:35:00

The Bat Falcon, (Falco rufigularis), is a species of bird of prey found in Mexico, Central and South America and Trinidad. It was formerly known as Falco albigularis. Its habitats are open woodlands and forest clearings. The adult female Bat Falcon measures 12 inches in length while the male is smaller, at 9 inches. The adult has a black back, head and tail. The throat, upper breast and neck...

Lesser Kestrel
2008-05-02 01:21:50

The Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni), is a small falcon. This species breeds from the Mediterranean across southern central Asia to China and Bangladesh. It is a summer migrant, wintering in Africa and Pakistan. It is rare north of its breeding range, and declining in its European range. The scientific name of this bird commemorates the German naturalist Johann Andreas Naumann. It is a small...

Nankeen Kestrel
2008-05-02 01:19:49

The Australian or Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides), is a very common and easily-seen raptor and is found in Australia, New Guinea, and nearby islands, and is an irregular visitor to New Zealand. It occupies any type of land that is not too densely vegetated, but in particular temperate grasslands and open woodlands. In the tropical north and the sandy deserts of the west, it has a patchy and...

Mauritius Kestrel
2008-05-02 01:16:40

The Mauritius Kestrel (Falco punctatus), is a bird of prey from the family Falconidae endemic to Mauritius. It is the most distinct of the Indian Ocean kestrels. It colonized its island home to evolve into a distinct species probably during the Late Pliocene. It is the most distant living species among the western Indian Ocean kestrels. It can reach a size between 10 and 12 inches. The...

Swainsons Hawk
2006-03-06 09:33:11

The Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) is a large hawk named after William Swainson, a British naturalist. It is found on prairies and in dry grasslands throughout the western plains of North America. This hawk requires trees for nesting and is therefore found around aspen groves, rivers, streams and farmlands. It prefers wild prairie, hayfields, and pastures instead of wheat fields and...

Ferruginous Hawk
2006-03-01 15:01:34

The Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) is a large hawk found on the prairies and open country in mid-western North America. In the central part of their range, they are permanent residents. Northern birds migrate to the southern United States and Mexico in winter. Adults have long broad wings and a broad grey, rusty or white tail. The legs are feathered to the talons, similar to the...

Sparrowhawk
2006-02-28 20:13:00

The Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) is a small bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. The red-tailed hawk of the U.S. Central Plains was once identified by this name in pre-Columbian times. Males of this species were once referred to as muskets; the gun called a musket was named after the bird. It is a widespread species throughout the temperate and subtropical parts of the Old World....

American Kestrel
2005-06-14 12:19:55

The American kestrel (Falco sparverius) is a small falcon that breeds in open and semi-open areas across most of North America to South America. They nest in cavities or nesting boxes and the male provides food for the female during nesting. Adults are 23-27 cm in length with white cheeks with two black vertical lines, one in front of the eye and one at the ear. They have long slim pointed...

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