The Aplomado Falcon

Aplomado Falcons were once common throughout the humid prairies and savannas of South Texas, from Brownsville, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley to the Coastal Bend. The Aplomado Falcon is a tropical species that reaches the Rio Grande Valley during summer. It preys on insects, lizards, and ground nesting birds. Its apparent decline in the Rio Grande Valley was undoubtedly due to the abuse of the grasslands throughout its U.S. range in the late 1800's and 1900's. Although grazing within the park grasslands is officially over, considerable trespassing by Mexican stock persists, especially near the Rio Grande. As the park's grasslands continue to recover in conjunction with restoration efforts, it is likely that this long-tailed falcon will again appear in the Rio Grande Valley.





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