This falcon is a small, elegant raptor native to the Americas. Today it is rare in the U.S. and Mexico, but is still common in South America. Because of extensive habitat loss (arid grasslands) and pesticide use, it is unlikely that the birds' northern populations will recover. The last breeding pair in the U.S. was seen in NM in 1952. Adults have dark grey plumage (aplomado is Spanish for 'lead colored') with rusty brown highlights. Aplomados are aerial hunters, killing birds, bats and insects in flight. Family groups live together and the birds hunt in packs, taking turns flushing and killing prey.

Aplomado Falcon

Falco femoralis

Wool, silk, glass beads, buttons, polymer clay, polyester fiberfill.



Carmen Alana Tibbets' Agosia Arts // Fall 2017