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
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 6 years ago 59 sec 4.4
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 bird looking for a prey Locality Chapada dos Guimaraes, Mato Grosso State, Brazil (ssp ophryophanes)
Peter Nash 13 September 2004 9 years ago 58 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 13 weeks ago 18 sec 4
PhotosSee all 38 photos
Male perched on a branch
Locality Henri Pittier National Park, Aragua State, Venezuela
Margareta Wieser 4 November 2015 32 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 4.4
A perched bird
Locality Samaipata, Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia
Paul van Giersbergen 15 July 2013 46 weeks ago 4.3
Bird perched on a branch
Locality Sierra de Aroa, Yaracuy State, Venezuela
Margareta Wieser 29 April 2016 7 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