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Bird of preyFalco subniger  

2 Black Falcon at Illilanga & Baroona

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Falco subniger at Illilanga & Baroona - 20 Sep 2018
Falco subniger at Illilanga & Baroona - 20 Sep 2018
Falco subniger at Illilanga & Baroona - 20 Sep 2018
Falco subniger at Illilanga & Baroona - 20 Sep 2018
Falco subniger at Illilanga & Baroona - 20 Sep 2018

Identification history

Bird of prey Falco subniger 1 May 2019 RyuCallaway
Bird of prey Falco subniger 27 Apr 2019 natureguy
Bird of prey Falco berigora 27 Apr 2019 Illilanga

Significant sighting

  1 May 2019

Rarely recorded in the region, and difficult to distinguish from darkest forms of Brown Falcon. As such, records of this quality are rare, and is unsurprisingly the first for Canberra Nature Map.

Author's notes

Private property. No public access without permission. The falcons flushed the starlings out of a tree and then chased the starling flock over open country to separate out single birds. I managed to track one of the falcons with my camera. Unfortunately that falcon didn't catch a starling snack.

7 comments

Christine wrote:
   27 Apr 2019
Were all four dark like this? Could they be Black Falcons?
Illilanga wrote:
   27 Apr 2019
I did wonder about Black Falcons. I’m basing my ID on the fact that we have nesting Brown Falcons and this was about 1km away from the nest location. That’s not to say these falcons weren’t passing through. The bird in the photo was probably the darkest of the four and they didn’t hang around long after once they had flushed the starlings. I looked at the wings but it’s hard to tell how striped they are. My other photos do show other flight positions (wing profiles) but none that I thought would help but maybe they can. The tail shape is more like a Black Falcon. This sighting was from last year. Raptors are almost as frustrating a small brown birds. ;)
natureguy wrote:
   27 Apr 2019
It just looked very dark and I thought it was too dark for a Brown Falcon. The general shape also appeared to fit more with that of a Black Falcon than that of Brown Falcon.
   29 Apr 2019
Don't ask me! I think the pointed tail is supposed to favour Black Falcon over Brown. If you have a front or back on photo of it soaring/gliding, that may help, depending on whether it is holding its wings slightly raised (Brown) or drooped (Black). A fanned tail may help - apparently another feature is a shorter outer tail with a notched appearance at the edge when fanned. I have put up a sighting of my own which I'm not convinced about too for debate :) Let the debate roll on: Unidentified on 10 Mar 2019
Christine wrote:
   29 Apr 2019
I agree with all of the above comments, and also the feet look good for a Black Falcon, as the legs look shorter and feathered, as compared to a Brown Falcon, and no barring in the tail, but I am also no expert. Perhaps you could put the first photo onto the ABID group on facebook to get more expert opinion? We don't get a lot of Black Falcon sightings around here, so it is quite exciting when we do :)
   1 May 2019
Hi all,
I have contacted Jerry Olsen, a local raptor researcher who has written a number of books on raptors. He has assured me that this one is "a definite Black Falcon" (my sighting probably also Black). He tells me they had 2 definite local sightings last spring for the first time in many years, and now that they are present in the area, expects to see breeding in the future.
I will confirm this based on his comments and the discussion above. Thanks Christine for being the first willing to suggest Black Falcon which which we were all wondering but not willing to say :)
Illilanga wrote:
   3 May 2019
Thanks Ryu!

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Vanellus miles (Masked Lapwing) at Illilanga & Baroona - 16 Aug 2019
Taeniopygia bichenovii (Double-barred Finch) at Illilanga & Baroona - 19 Jul 2019
Synoicus ypsilophora (Brown Quail) at Illilanga & Baroona - 18 Jul 2019
Dama dama (Fallow Deer) at Illilanga & Baroona - 15 Jul 2019
Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox) at Illilanga & Baroona - 14 Jul 2019
Felis catus (Feral Cat) at Illilanga & Baroona - 21 Jun 2019
Synoicus ypsilophora (Brown Quail) at Illilanga & Baroona - 15 Jun 2019
Cisticola exilis (Golden-headed Cisticola) at Illilanga & Baroona - 31 May 2019
Sturnus vulgaris (Common Starling) at Illilanga & Baroona - 12 May 2019
Elseyornis melanops (Black-fronted Dotterel) at Illilanga & Baroona - 11 May 2019
Malacorhynchus membranaceus (Pink-eared Duck) at Illilanga & Baroona - 11 May 2019
Stictonetta naevosa (Freckled Duck) at Illilanga & Baroona - 11 May 2019
Anas superciliosa (Pacific Black Duck) at Illilanga & Baroona - 11 May 2019
Vombatus ursinus (Wombat) at Illilanga & Baroona - 30 Apr 2019
Synoicus ypsilophora (Brown Quail) at Illilanga & Baroona - 27 Apr 2019
Fulica atra (Eurasian Coot) at Illilanga & Baroona - 21 Apr 2019
Imbophorus aptalis (White Plume Moth) at Illilanga & Baroona - 21 Apr 2019
Cisticola exilis (Golden-headed Cisticola) at Illilanga & Baroona - 14 Apr 2019
Elseyornis melanops (Black-fronted Dotterel) at Illilanga & Baroona - 14 Apr 2019
Stictonetta naevosa (Freckled Duck) at Illilanga & Baroona - 14 Apr 2019
Leucoagaricus sp. at Illilanga & Baroona - 24 Mar 2019
Elseyornis melanops (Black-fronted Dotterel) at Illilanga & Baroona - 24 Mar 2019
Ocyphaps lophotes (Crested Pigeon) at Illilanga & Baroona - 24 Mar 2019
Malacorhynchus membranaceus (Pink-eared Duck) at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Feb 2019
Schizobothrus flavovittatus (Disappearing Grasshopper) at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Feb 2019
Orthetrum caledonicum (Blue Skimmer) at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Feb 2019
Scoliidae sp. (family) (Unidentified Hairy Flower Wasp) at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Feb 2019
Stictonetta naevosa (Freckled Duck) at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Feb 2019
Cisticola exilis (Golden-headed Cisticola) at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Feb 2019
Xanthagrion erythroneurum (Red & Blue Damsel) at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Feb 2019
Austrolestes annulosus (Blue Ringtail) at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Feb 2019
Spatula rhynchotis (Australasian Shoveler) at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Feb 2019
Cisticola exilis (Golden-headed Cisticola) at Illilanga & Baroona - 31 Dec 2018
Phaulacridium vittatum (Wingless Grasshopper) at Illilanga & Baroona - 31 Dec 2018
Cryptocheilus sp. (genus) (Spider wasp) at Illilanga & Baroona - 31 Dec 2018
Persicaria lapathifolia (Pale Knotweed) at Illilanga & Baroona - 31 Dec 2018
Crassula helmsii (Swamp Stonecrop) at Illilanga & Baroona - 31 Dec 2018
Elseyornis melanops (Black-fronted Dotterel) at Illilanga & Baroona - 31 Dec 2018
Ischnura heterosticta (Common Bluetail) at Illilanga & Baroona - 31 Dec 2018
Xanthagrion erythroneurum (Red & Blue Damsel) at Illilanga & Baroona - 31 Dec 2018
Orthetrum caledonicum (Blue Skimmer) at Illilanga & Baroona - 31 Dec 2018
Chelodina longicollis (Eastern Long-neck Turtle) at Illilanga & Baroona - 31 Dec 2018
Hippodamia variegata (Spotted Amber Ladybird) at Illilanga & Baroona - 3 Dec 2018
Nemobiinae sp. (sub-family) (A ground cricket) at Illilanga & Baroona - 3 Dec 2018
Chenonetta jubata (Australian Wood Duck) at Illilanga & Baroona - 3 Dec 2018
Lythrum hyssopifolia (Small Loosestrife) at Illilanga & Baroona - 3 Dec 2018
Eleocharis sp. (Spike-rush) at Illilanga & Baroona - 3 Dec 2018
Epilobium sp. (A Willow Herb) at Illilanga & Baroona - 3 Dec 2018
Lachnagrostis filiformis (Common Blown Grass) at Illilanga & Baroona - 3 Dec 2018
Potamogeton crispus (Curly Pondweed) at Illilanga & Baroona - 3 Dec 2018
Myriophyllum sp. (A water-milfoil) at Illilanga & Baroona - 3 Dec 2018
Xanthagrion erythroneurum (Red & Blue Damsel) at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Nov 2018
Polypogon monspeliensis (Annual Beardgrass) at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Nov 2018
Pseudognaphalium luteoalbum (Jersey Cudweed) at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Nov 2018
Eleocharis sp. (Spike-rush) at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Nov 2018
Anachloris subochraria (Golden Grass Carpet) at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Nov 2018
Dicranolaius villosus (Melyrid flower beetle) at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Nov 2018
Hordeum leporinum (Barley Grass) at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Nov 2018
Cynodon dactylon (Couch grass) at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Nov 2018
Convolvulus angustissimus subsp. angustissimus (Australian Bindweed) at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Nov 2018
Polygonum plebeium (Small knotweed) at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Nov 2018
Ranunculus diminutus at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Nov 2018
Plantago lanceolata (Ribwort Plantain) at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Nov 2018
Xanthagrion erythroneurum (Red & Blue Damsel) at Illilanga & Baroona - 25 Nov 2018
Zizina otis (Common Grass-blue) at Illilanga & Baroona - 17 Nov 2018
Philobota pilipes (A concealer moth) at Illilanga & Baroona - 29 Oct 2018
Dicranolaius villosus (Melyrid flower beetle) at Illilanga & Baroona - 29 Oct 2018
Zizina otis (Common Grass-blue) at Illilanga & Baroona - 29 Oct 2018
Anas gracilis (Grey Teal) at Illilanga & Baroona - 29 Oct 2018
Tachybaptus novaehollandiae (Australasian Grebe) at Illilanga & Baroona - 29 Oct 2018
Cisticola exilis (Golden-headed Cisticola) at Illilanga & Baroona - 6 Oct 2018
Phalaenoides tristifica (Willow-herb Day-moth) at Illilanga & Baroona - 1 Oct 2018
Petrochelidon ariel (Fairy Martin) at Illilanga & Baroona - 23 Sep 2018
Elseyornis melanops (Black-fronted Dotterel) at Illilanga & Baroona - 23 Sep 2018
Microcarbo melanoleucos (Little Pied Cormorant) at Illilanga & Baroona - 22 Sep 2018
Anas superciliosa (Pacific Black Duck) at Illilanga & Baroona - 20 Sep 2018
Cyperus gunnii subsp. gunnii (TBC) at Illilanga & Baroona - 3 Sep 2018
Juncus sp. (A rush) at Illilanga & Baroona - 3 Sep 2018
Cacatua galerita (Sulphur-crested Cockatoo) at Illilanga & Baroona - 23 Aug 2018
Cygnus atratus (Black Swan) at Illilanga & Baroona - 28 Jul 2018
Aythya australis (Hardhead) at Illilanga & Baroona - 27 Jul 2018
Microcarbo melanoleucos (Little Pied Cormorant) at Illilanga & Baroona - 27 Jul 2018
Spatula rhynchotis (Australasian Shoveler) at Illilanga & Baroona - 1 Jul 2018
Petroica phoenicea (Flame Robin) at Illilanga & Baroona - 1 Jul 2018
Carduelis carduelis (European Goldfinch) at Illilanga & Baroona - 1 Jul 2018
Cisticola exilis (Golden-headed Cisticola) at Illilanga & Baroona - 28 May 2018
Stictonetta naevosa (Freckled Duck) at Illilanga & Baroona - 28 May 2018
Chenonetta jubata (Australian Wood Duck) at Illilanga & Baroona - 27 May 2018
Elseyornis melanops (Black-fronted Dotterel) at Illilanga & Baroona - 2 Apr 2018
Sturnus vulgaris (Common Starling) at Illilanga & Baroona - 2 Apr 2018
Malacorhynchus membranaceus (Pink-eared Duck) at Illilanga & Baroona - 2 Apr 2018
Egretta novaehollandiae (White-faced Heron) at Illilanga & Baroona - 2 Apr 2018
Ardea pacifica (White-necked Heron) at Illilanga & Baroona - 2 Apr 2018
Phalaenoides tristifica (Willow-herb Day-moth) at Illilanga & Baroona - 19 Dec 2017
Anas superciliosa (Pacific Black Duck) at Illilanga & Baroona - 19 Dec 2017
Vanellus miles (Masked Lapwing) at Illilanga & Baroona - 26 Nov 2017
Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox) at Illilanga & Baroona - 21 Nov 2017
Hemicordulia tau (Tau Emerald) at Illilanga & Baroona - 20 Nov 2017
Chelodina longicollis (Eastern Long-neck Turtle) at Illilanga & Baroona - 20 Nov 2017

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