Black Falcon

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.

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Details & Statistics

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

International Names

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