The Grey Falcon is an elusive species endemic to mainland Australia. It is the rarest of six Australian members of the genus Falco. The Grey Falcon is a medium-sized raptor (400 – 500g) that exhibits reversed sexual dimorphism in body mass, with females weighing on average about 30 per cent more than males. The Grey Falcon is a compact, pale grey falcon with a heavy thick chest, long wings and dark wing tips. The under-body is pale grey and the tail has narrow blackish bars. The chin, throat and cheeks are white in colour; adults are pale grey with fine blackish streaks, and juveniles are white with heavy dark streaks.The legs and toes, eye-ring, cere and base of the bill are bright orange-yellow and the tip of the bill is black.
Grey Falcon |
Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
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Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Falco hypoleucos
Climate change Increased Very High The breeding distribution now covers areas of the highest temperatures annual average temperatures in Australia (Schoenjahn in arid and 2013).