Rufous Morph, head
Rufous Morph, top of wing
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)|
|Order:||Birds of Prey (Falconiformes)|
|Family:||Falcon (Falconidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Brown Falcon (Falco berigora)|
|This Photo:||Rufous Morph, under-wing|
Thank you Ralph Foster, Alan Melville & John Oliver for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Medium sized bird of prey. The light morph has a buff breast, with thin brown stripes. All morphs have brown back and wings. We have a resident breeding pair of Brown Falcons (mixed morphs) often found perched on the top of a dead tree. They sit there for hours, scanning their surrounds.
We have read of studies that the suggest "morphs" are simple age variations (lighter = older). Our photo of a Light Morph juvenile must disprove this?