The Bat Falcon is a falcon that is a resident breeder in tropical Mexico, Central and South America, Trinidad, and southern Texas. It was long known as Falco albigularis; the names Falco fusco-coerulescens or Falco fuscocaerulescens, long used for the aplomado falcon, are now believed to refer to the present species. It is probably closely related to and looks like a small version of the orange-breasted falcon with which it has been misidentified.
These two, in turn, are probably closest to the aplomado falcon and constitute a rather old American lineage of Falco species. The female bat falcon, at 30.5 cm length, is much larger than the 23-cm-long male. Adults have a black back, head, and tail. The throat, upper breast, and neck sides are creamy white, the lower breast and belly are black, finely barred white, and the thighs and lower belly are orange. Young birds are similar, but with the buffy throat.
Where Was The Bat Falcon Found In The US?
The now-famous bat falcon was spotted for the first time at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Alamo around Thanksgiving. According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), this is the first recorded time that a bat falcon has ever been seen in the U.S.
Based on the bird’s “buff-cinnamon throat and crest bars,” officials determined that it was a juvenile, while “the thickness of the tarsus and beak” indicates that it’s a male.