Falcons and Caracaras (Falconidae)

Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) - HBW 2, p. 269

French: Faucon bérigora German: Habichtfalke Spanish: Halcón Berigora

Taxonomy: Falco Berigora Vigors and Horsfield, 1827, New South Wales.
Has been separated in genus Ieracidea or Hieracidea, but a typical Falco in most respects and closely related to F. novaeseelandiae. Up to seven races described, but much confusion owing to complexity of colour morphs, and recent studies suggest that most are invalid. Three subspecies now recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • novaeguineae (A. B. Meyer, 1894) - C & E New Guinea and coastal N Australia.
  • berigora Vigors & Horsfield, 1827 - E, C & N Australia and Tasmania.
  • occidentalis (Gould, 1844) - SW & CW Australia.