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Black Falcon

(Falco subniger)
Size: 45 cm (male) 55 cm (female); wing span 0.95 - 1.1 m

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Black Falcon at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Frontal view of a Black Falcon in flight
[Near Wee Waa, NSW, September 2012]

Lateral view of a Black Falcon in flight
[Near Wee Waa, NSW, September 2012]

View from straight underneath of a Black Falcon in flight
[Narrabri, NSW, September 2013]

Black Falcon in slow flight
[Narrabri, NSW, September 2013]

Food, Diet

All raptors are carnivores. Black Falcons prey mostly on smaller birds, such as quails, parrots and finches, but will take lizards and small mammals as well.

During the first few weeks, raptors feed their chicks with pieces of meat. Later on in their development, the chicks learn to tear apart their parents' prey.

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