Prairie Falcon

Other Names: none

Distribution: throughout the western United States, south to northern Mexico in winter.

Prairie Falcon distribution range map

Description:

Size: 37-47 cm in length with a 90-113 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Both sexes are sandy brown above, off-white or pale buff on the undersides with fine spots and streaks, a narrow brown "mustache" stripe on the face, and dark wing linings. The beak is black with a yellow base and the eyes are black with yellow eyerings.

Species image
Prairie Falcon

Prairie Falcon

Bill Shape
hooked
long billed
Regions
alabama
alberta
arizona
baja california
british columbia
california
colorado
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
manitoba
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new mexico
north dakota
ohio
ontario
oregon
tennessee
texas
utah
washington
wyoming
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
long tailed
Wing Shape
long-wings
Action
flying
perching
swimming
Behavior
soaring
Markings
plain
tailbands
wingbands
Location
high flying
low flying
ground dwelling
high perching
low perching
south in summer
south in winter
Habitat
agricultural
cliffs or boulders
savanna
mountains
Deserts
Grasslands
Marshes
Color
black
blackandwhite
brown
yellow
white
Body Shape
necklong
hawk
Size
large
Order
falcons and caracaras - falconidae
birds of prey, raptors - falconiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species