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Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)
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Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)
Notice the dark armpits

General Description: Prairie Falcons (Falco mexicanus) are big, gray-brown falcons of the open desert with a dark mustache mark, a bold eye stripe, and dark brown under the wings (dirty armpits). Prairie Falcons have a white eyeline, which is not present on Peregrine Falcons, and the mustache mark on a Prairie Falcons is narrower than the face mask on Peregrine Falcons. If you see a big falcon, check the armpits.

Falcons are recognized from other birds of prey by the long, narrow, pointed wings.

Taxonomy: Falconiformes, Falconidae, Falconinae

Favored Habitat: Open areas with places to perch. Nest on cliffs in the desert and mountains.

Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)
Notice that this bird has lunch

Where to Find: Fairly common, usually seen hunting in the open desert.

Comments: Prairie Falcons are bird hawks.

Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)

Even at great distances, the long, narrow, pointed wings identify this bird as a falcon. The dark armpits identify this as a Prairie Falcon.

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Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)
Prairie Falcon with lunch
Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)
Prairie Falcon with lunch
Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)
Prairie Falcon in Death Valley ...
Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)
... after taking down a Cinnamon Teal!
Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)
Two Prairie Falcons (white arrows) by a nest cave.
Photo © 2007 Nick Nelson
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