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 22 videos
adult bird perched and stretching his wings Locality Montezuma Peak Road, Montezuma Peak, Tatama National Park, Colombia (ssp petoensis)
Daniêl Jimenez 10 November 2014 37 weeks ago 31 sec 5
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 9 years ago 40 sec 4.5
Perched high in a tree Locality Los Tarrales Private Reserve, Suchitepéquez Department, Guatemala
Juan Sanabria 1 November 2012 1 year ago 1 min 24 sec 4.4
A bird perched on a branch, shaking the plumage and preening the wings. Locality Cuieiras Biological Reserve, Manaus, Amazonas State, Brazil (ssp ophryophanes)
Josep del Hoyo 30 July 2011 3 years ago 19 sec 4.2
calls, side/rear view on telegraph wire Locality Jorupe Reserve, Loja Province, Ecuador (ssp rufigularis)
Martin Kennewell 12 April 2011 4 years ago 35 sec 4.1
An individual preening on a branch. Locality Cuieiras Biological Reserve, Manaus, Amazonas State, Brazil (ssp ophryophanes)
Josep del Hoyo 30 July 2011 3 years ago 16 sec 4
PhotosSee all 34 photos
Male perched on a branch
Locality Henri Pittier National Park, Aragua State, Venezuela
Margareta Wieser 4 November 2015 2 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4.8
A bird on a snag eating an insect.
Locality Chapada dos Guimaraes, Mato Grosso State, Brazil (ssp ophryophanes)
Nick Athanas 18 August 2005 7 years ago 4.5
watching near canyon
Locality Canudos, Bahia State, Brazil (ssp ophryophanes)
Niels Poul Dreyer 25 January 2014 1 year ago 4.4
Locality Itatiaia National Park, Brazil
Luiz Carlos da Costa Ribe... 30 March 2011 4 years ago 4.3
A perched bird
Locality Samaipata, Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia
Paul van Giersbergen 15 July 2013 16 weeks ago 4.3
Locality Tikal National Park, Petén Department, Guatemala (ssp petoensis)
Arthur Grosset 7 March 2015 15 weeks ago 4
Calls from a perched bird in a forest island surrounded by savannah. Locality Beni Department, Bolivia
Bradley Davis 8 October 2006 5 years ago 4