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 25 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 1 year ago 31 sec 5
Perched high in a tree Locality Los Tarrales Private Reserve, Suchitepéquez Department, Guatemala
Juan Sanabria 1 November 2012 2 years ago 1 min 24 sec 4.3
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
A front view of a perched adult. Locality Transpantaneira Road, Pantanal, Mato Grosso State, Brazil (ssp ophryophanes)
Greg Baker 1 August 2015 6 weeks ago 18 sec 4
female calling perched in tree, in background male Bat Falcon and Boat-billed Flycatcher Locality El Puente, Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia (ssp ophryophanes)
Jacob Wijpkema 29 January 2016 8 weeks ago 21 sec 4
An individual preening on a branch. Locality Cuieiras Biological Reserve, Manaus, Amazonas State, Brazil (ssp ophryophanes)
Josep del Hoyo 30 July 2011 4 years ago 16 sec 4
PhotosSee all 38 photos
Male perched on a branch
Locality Henri Pittier National Park, Aragua State, Venezuela
Margareta Wieser 4 November 2015 25 weeks ago 4.7
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 38 weeks ago 4.3
Adult on tree stump.
Locality Montezuma Peak Road, Montezuma Peak, Tatama National Park, Colombia (ssp petoensis )
Phillip Edwards 1 December 2015 4 weeks ago 4
Calls from a perched bird in a forest island surrounded by savannah. Locality Beni Department, Bolivia
Bradley Davis 8 October 2006 6 years ago 4