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The Black Falcon (Falco subniger) is a medium-large raptor, that is found across mainland Australia. They are associated with the sparse plains of inland Australia, and pictured here over the Alice Springs Sewerage Ponds.

Black Falcon (Falco subniger), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Black Falcon (Falco subniger), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer

In flight, the Black Falcon have broad wings that taper to a point and a long narrow tail that come to a squared tip, with a step at the corners. In flight they can often be seen gliding with slightly drooped wings. They have short feathered legs.

Black Falcon (Falco subniger), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Black Falcon (Falco subniger), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Black Falcon (Falco subniger), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Black Falcon (Falco subniger), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Black Falcon (Falco subniger), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Black Falcon (Falco subniger), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer

The photographs presented here were taking in the month of January and August.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Falconiformes
  • Family: Falconidae
  • Genus: Falco
  • Species: Falco subniger

Footnote & References

  1. Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus), BirdLife Australia, https://birdlife.org.au/bird-profiles/banded-stilt/

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