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  Brown Falcon (Falco berigora)





Brown Falcon | Falco berigora photo
Brown falcon (Falco berigora), Victoria, Australia.

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Brown Falcon | Falco berigora photo
Brown Falcon in Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia.

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Brown Falcon | Falco berigora photo
Brown Falcon in Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia.

Image by Frankzed from Melbourne, Australia - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



BROWN FALCON FACTS

Description
The Brown Falcon is variable in colour and can be dark brown or lighter brown above, with pale brown or cream underside. The side of the face is lighter brown or creamy brown with a small vertical dark streak below the eye, and another small dark streak behind the eye. The underside of the wings and tail are pale brown with darker streaks. Females are larger than males.

Size
50 cm

Habitat
open woodland, farmland, grassland with stands of trees

Food
small mammals, reptiles, insects

Breeding
nest is usually old stick nest of a crow or other bird of prey, but may built own nest. The female lays three or four spotted and blotched pale eggs.

Range
found throughout Australia

distribution map showing range of Falco berigora in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Falconidae
Genus:Falco
Species:berigora
Common Name:Brown Falcon

Relatives in same Genus
  Nankeen Kestrel (F. cenchroides)
  Australian Hobby (F. longipennis)
  Peregrine Falcon (F. peregrinus)
  Black Falcon (F. subniger)