Cryptic forest falcon
|Cryptic forest falcon|
The cryptic forest falcon (Micrastur mintoni) is a species of bird of prey in the family Falconidae. It is found in the south-eastern Amazon rainforest in Brazil and Bolivia. While uncommon in its Amazonian range, it remains widespread, and is therefore rated as least concern by BirdLife International and IUCN. Unlike the lined forest falcon, with which it has long been confused in a cryptic species complex, adult cryptic forest falcons only have a single white tail-band (in addition to a narrow white tail-tip).
The cryptic forest falcon was only scientifically described in 2003. Old specimens taken in the Atlantic Forest in eastern Brazil also exist, but there are no recent records from that region, and it has possibly been extirpated. An isolated family of cryptic forest falcon was found at Vale Natural Reserve, at Sooretama, Espirito Santo state, Brazil in July, 2013 ().
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