Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis)
A small falcon, very common in Brazil. It hunts small birds, lizards, insects and rodents. It lives in grassland, savanna, desert, wetlands. It can hunt from a hidden perch or through formidable pursuit flights, which is flying after quarry flushed out. Aplomado in Spanish means lead-colored, which is a bluish-grey color. Aplomado falcons have not only the color similar to steel, as well as strength, durability, malleability and hunting nerves of steel. It´s a very common species used in fauna control in Brazil, it can be purchased from local breeding centers.
Photo: Peter K Burian