Black Falcon Falco subniger Scientific name definitions

Stephen Debus
Version: 2.0 — Published March 17, 2023



SJSD gratefully acknowledges the collaboration of many colleagues in studies of the Black Falcon, including Chris Barnes, Alice Bauer, David Charley, Keith D. Fisher, Tom Hatfield, Heather Janetzki, Hans Lutter, Chris MacColl, Bernie McRitchie, Geoff Mitchell, Graham Olde, the late Jerry Olsen, the late Tony (A. B.) Rose, Marlis Schoeb and Robert Werner, Dr. Leah Tsang, Fred van Gessel, David Whelan, and Andrew Zuccon, as well as the landholders who permitted field work on their land. Research in northern New South Wales in 2004–2016 was partly funded by travel grants from the Tamworth Birdwatchers (Jack Peattie Research Grants), Australian Bird Study Association (Fund for Avian Research), and BirdLife Australia (Northern NSW). It was also partly funded by NSW Local Land Services (North West Region), with thanks to officer Mitch Palmer, and supported by the facilities of the University of New England, partly through Alice Bauer’s graduate studentship supervised by Dr. Paul McDonald. SJSD also gratefully acknowledges a lifetime’s support of his raptor obsession by his late parents, Graham and Beatrice Debus, and by his wife Sofia. He also acknowledges the pioneering contributions made by Dr. David Baker-Gabb and Jerry Olsen to knowledge about the Black Falcon; the ground-breaking photographic studies by Lindsay Cupper, David Hollands, and the late Jack Cupper and Peter Slater; and the late Graham Pizzey for being among the first naturalists to raise the public profile of this falcon. Guy Kirwan (The Natural History Museum, Tring, UK) kindly inserted some literature details in the Systematics History section of this account.

Recommended Citation

Debus, S. (2023). Black Falcon (Falco subniger), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.blafal1.02