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  • Milvus migrans
  • Birds of Prey
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About the Black Falcon

The Black Falcon is a species of raptor that lives in Australia. Its plumage is overall sooty brown or black. Younger birds have the darkest plumage; their coloration tends to become more brown as the bird ages.

Black Falcons feed on other birds, small mammals, reptiles, and insects. They are extremely fast flyers, using their tapered falcon wings to manoever quickly after prey items. Another hunting method they use is to hover around bush fires to watch for prey fleeing the flames.

Black Falcons have a rather large range. They are found over much of the eastern half of Australia, using a variety of habitats from riperian woodland to arid or semi-arid open land. They nest and roost in trees.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 29 July 2012
Scientific Name Falco subniger
  • Falconiformes
  • Falconidae
  • Falco
  • F. subniger
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 July 2017)
Range Australia and New Zealand

International Names

  • 黑隼 (Chinese)
  • raroh černý (Czech)
  • Sortfalk (Danish)
  • Zwarte Valk (Dutch)
  • mustajalohaukka (Finnish)
  • Faucon noir (French)
  • Rußfalke (German)
  • Falco nero australiano (Italian)
  • クロハヤブサ [kurohayabusa] (Japanese)
  • Svartfalk (Norwegian)
  • sokól czarny (Polish)
  • Чёрный сокол (Russian)
  • Halcón Negro (Spanish)
  • Svartfalk (Swedish)

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