The Black Falcon

The Black Falcon (Falco subniger) is a large, very dark falcon which mostly occurs in inland regions of the eastern states. It has pale grey eye rings, feet and strip across the beak. Their diet primarily consists of bird species, but they have also been observed feeding on small mammals, insects and carrion.

The Black Falcon is threatened due to:

  • Loss of large old trees from the landscape due to clearing, which has led to a loss of nesting sites critical for nesting and hunting.
  • Disturbance to nesting activity from over-abundant ravens and cockatoos.
  • Potential for secondary poisoning via prey such as rabbits.

What can I do?

  • Retain large old living and dead trees suitable for nesting.
  • Let us know of any sightings or if you are interested in Black Falcon conservation.
  • Protect and enhance existing trees for future nesting sites.
  • Install artificial nests in large trees or other structures.

For more information contact Megan Purvis, Land Services Officer on 0428 941 061 or

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