The strikingly beautiful raptor is a diminutive member of the falcon family, about the size of a common pigeon. Its cinnamon-colored breast and legs and dark abdominal band give it the appearance of a dapper gentleman decked out in a cumberbund. The teardrop-shaped dark line below the eye and the buffy stripe running from the eye to the neck also are distinctive features.

This little falcon is likely to be seen in the Rio Grande Valley perched on a yucca or chasing prey by flying low to the ground and following move for move the flight of smaller birds.



Credits; Texas Parks and Wildlife,"Return of the Aplomado," pg.12

The Peregrine Fund,"Nest of Endangered Aplomado Falcon Found in Brownsville,"

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