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Aplomado Falcon Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    The Aplomado Falcon is a medium-sized, long and slender falcon that is about the same size as a Cooper's Hawk. This square-headed falcon has a long, rounded tail and long pointed wings. The long tail extends well beyond the wings when perched.

    Relative Size

    Larger than an American Kestrel, smaller than a Prairie Falcon.

    Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 15.0-16.9 in (38-43 cm)
      • Weight: 7.3-17.6 oz (208-500 g)
      • Wingspan: 35.0 in (89 cm)

Regional Differences

The northern population of Aplomado Falcons (from the southern U.S. to Belize and Guatemala) has a complete black breast band and a bluish gray back. Populations in Central America and throughout South America have an incomplete breast band and tend to have paler backs. Populations in the Andes of South America have a narrow, incomplete breast band and darker (less blue) backs.