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The Owen Springs Reserve offer some great outdoor experiences and activities, including bird watching. A number of raptors have been sighted in the area, including the Brown Falcon (Falco berigora).


There are six different colour forms recorded across Australia. The different colour schemes were previously identified as sub-species, but are now described as different morphs, such as rufous, brown intermediate, brown pale, etc. Uniformly brown upper with dark facial marks, the under parts are whitish with dark streaks, can be blotched brown and white, or wholly dark brown. The underwings are pale and barred.

The birds from Central Australia are usually paler in colour, whilst those from the tropical north are often very dark and often confused with the Black Falcon. The light rufous morph is found mostly inland.

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Falconiformes
  • Family: Falconidae
  • Genus: Falco
  • Species: F. berigora
  • Binomial name: Falco berigora