January 9, 2016 – Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis)

Requested by: @korrasamie

This medium-sized falcon is found in Central and South America, outside of the Amazon basin, and in the far south of the United States, though they have been extirpated from some portions of their original range. They hunt a wide variety of prey including birds, rodents, and flying insects, such as beetles. The young are very playful, often competing in games of aerial “tag” and playing with sticks or yucca branches. Like most falcons, they do not build their own nests, but use abandoned nests from other birds. Both parents raise the chicks, and the young falcons remain in the parents’ territory for several months after fledging.