Lined Forest-falcon (Micrastur gilvicollis)
Lined Forest-falcon, Hotel Tropical, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil, September 2003 - click for larger image Hotel Tropical Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
September 2003

The Lined Forest-falcon is distributed throughout the Amazonian and Orinoco Basins where it tends to be found in the understorey of humid forest. It is more likely to be found in primary forest than the closely-related Barred Forest-falcon M. ruficollis.

We were surprised to find this bird in a small patch of forest in the grounds of the Hotel Tropical, Manaus. It is distinguished from Barred Forest-falcon by its orange rather than yellow cere, its whitish rather than yellow to brown eye and the fine black barring on its breast not extending to its belly or flanks.

There is are illustrations in HBW, Volume 2, Page 252; and in Ferguson-Lees, Plate 89.

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