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 21 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 8 years ago 40 sec 4.5
calls, side/rear view on telegraph wire Locality Jorupe Reserve, Loja Province, Ecuador (ssp rufigularis)
Martin Kennewell 12 April 2011 3 years ago 35 sec 4.1
Perched high in a tree Locality Los Tarrales Private Reserve, Suchitepéquez Department, Guatemala
Juan Sanabria 1 November 2012 42 weeks ago 1 min 24 sec 4
An individual preening on a branch. Locality Cuieiras Biological Reserve, Manaus, Amazonas State, Brazil (ssp ophryophanes)
Josep del Hoyo 30 July 2011 2 years ago 16 sec 4
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 5 years ago 59 sec 4
A bird eating a prey on a TV antenna Locality Santa Fé, Darién Province, Panama (ssp petoensis)
Charlotte Elton 30 November 2007 6 years ago 30 sec 3.9
PhotosSee all 22 photos
A bird on a snag eating an insect.
Locality Chapada dos Guimaraes, Mato Grosso State, Brazil (ssp ophryophanes)
Nick Athanas 18 August 2005 6 years ago 4.5
watching near canyon
Locality Canudos, Bahia State, Brazil (ssp ophryophanes)
Niels Poul Dreyer 25 January 2014 8 weeks ago 4.4
Locality Itatiaia National Park, Brazil
Luiz Carlos da Costa Ribe... 30 March 2011 3 years ago 4.3
Bat Falcon hunt a loot.
Locality Cuyabeno, Sucumbios Province, Ecuador
Veronika Patrovska Verner... 20 July 2012 1 year ago 4
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 1 year 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 4 years ago 3.9
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