Brown Falcon Falco berigora
Brown Falcon, Cobargo, NSW, Australia, April 2006 - click for larger image Australia

The Brown Falcon is distributed in Australia and Papua New Guinea. It is mainly found in open grassy woodland and agricultural areas.

Brown Falcon, Cobargo, NSW, Australia, April 2006 - click for larger image It has been divided in up to 8 sub-species but HBW reduces this to 3 and Ferguson-Lees recognises one sub-species in Australia and another in New Guinea. This apparent confusion arises from the variation in plumage ranging from the very dark to a light morph with reddy-brown plumage above and almost white below.
Brown Falcon, You Yangs, Victoria, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image It sometimes hovers or glides while hunting but more often sits on a perch searching for prey before dropping down on its victim. It feeds on small mammals, small birds, reptiles and insects.
Brown Falcon and Australian Magpie, Snowy Mountains, Victoria, Australia, April 2006 - click for larger image
Brown Falcon, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, September 2013 - click for larger image
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