Falcons and Caracaras (Falconidae)

Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis) - HBW 2, p. 266

French: Faucon aplomado German: Aplomadofalke Spanish: Halcón Aleto

Taxonomy: Falco femoralis Temminck, 1822, Brazil.
Has been known as F. fuscocaerulescens, but this form is unidentifiable. Closely allied to F. deiroleucus and F. rufigularis. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • septentrionalis Todd, 1916 - S USA (Arizona, New Mexico and Texas) S locally through Mexico to Guatemala.
  • femoralis Temminck, 1822 - Nicaragua and Belize through Panama to Colombia, E to the Guianas, and S through E Bolivia and Brazil to Argentina, extending S to Tierra del Fuego.
  • pichinchae Chapman, 1925 - temperate zones of SW Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and W Bolivia S to N Chile and NW Argentina (Tucumán).