Bat Falcon (Falco rufigularis) - HBW 2, p. 267
French: Faucon des chauves souris
Spanish: Halcón Murcielaguero
Taxonomy: Falco rufigularis Daudin, 1800, Cayenne.
May belong in F. subbuteo complex. Similarity to F. deiroleucus probably reflects a recent common ancestor rather than convergence. In past, alternatively labelled F. albigularis. Validity of race ophryophanes sometimes challenged. Northernmost populations sometimes awarded separate race, petrophilus. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- petoensis Chubb, 1918 - N Mexico (from Sonora E to Tamaulipas) S through Central America to Colombia, and W of Andes S to Ecuador.
- rufigularis Daudin, 1800 - E Colombia E to the Guianas and Trinidad, and S to S Brazil and N Argentina.
- ophryophanes (Salvadori, 1895) - tableland of C Brazil (Piauí S to Mato Grosso, São Paulo and Paraná) and adjacent Bolivia, Paraguay and N Argentina.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 18 videos
A bird on top of a trunk, flying off and returning with an insect prey Locality Pedro Vicente Maldonado, Pichincha Province, Ecuador (ssp petoensis)
Richard Garrigues 19 June 2005 6 years ago 40 sec 4.5
A bird eating a prey on a TV antenna Locality Santa Fé, Darién Province, Panama (ssp petoensis)
Charlotte Elton 30 November 2007 5 years ago 30 sec 3.9
calls, side/rear view on telegraph wire Locality Jorupe Reserve, Loja Province, Ecuador (ssp rufigularis)
Martin Kennewell 12 April 2011 1 year ago 35 sec 3.9
A bird on a branch preening Locality Puerto Colombia, Aragua State, Venezuela (ssp rufigularis)
Keith Blomerley 2 March 2006 6 years ago 26 sec 3.8
A bird looking for a prey Locality Chapada dos Guimaraes, Mato Grosso State, Brazil (ssp ophryophanes)
Peter Nash 13 September 2004 6 years ago 58 sec 3.7
A bird on the wing catching a bat, and flying and calling with its prey in the talons, with a repetition in slow motion (25%). Locality Sima de las Cotorras, Selva El Ocote Biosphere Reserve, Chiapas State, Mexico (Southern) (ssp petoensis)
Josep del Hoyo 6 April 2009 3 years ago 59 sec 3.7
PhotosSee all 14 photos
A bird on a snag eating an insect.
Locality Chapada dos Guimaraes, Mato Grosso State, Brazil (ssp ophryophanes)
Nick Athanas 18 August 2005 4 years ago 4.5
Locality Itatiaia National Park, Brazil
Luiz Carlos da Costa Ribe... 30 March 2011 1 year ago 4.2
This bird was perched on a top branch of a tree searching for prey.
Locality San Juan del Sur, Rivas Department, Nicaragua
Dannie Polley 10 January 2013 18 weeks ago 4
This Bird at its hunting perch early morning at Gamboa Resort.
Locality Gamboa, Panama Province, Panama (ssp petoensis)
Stan Mansfield 6 July 2010 2 years ago 3.9
A bird on a dry tree.
Locality Guarapari, Espirito Santo State, Brazil (ssp rufigularis)
Joselito Nardy Ribeiro 2 May 2012 51 weeks ago 3.6
A bird perched.
Locality Tracy Aviary, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA (United States)
Josep del Hoyo 12 April 1993 41 weeks ago 3.5
Calls from a perched bird in a forest island surrounded by savannah. Locality Beni Department, Bolivia
Bradley Davis 8 October 2006 3 years ago 4