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Micrastur mintoni

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Falconiformes
Familia: Falconidae
Subfamilia: Herpetotherinae
Genus: Micrastur
Species: Micrastur mintoni


Micrastur mintoni Whittaker, 2003


Wilson Bulletin (2002) 114 p.421,422,front.

Vernacular names
English: Cryptic Forest-falcon
Português: Falcão-críptico

The Cryptic Forest-falcon (Micrastur mintoni) is a species of bird of prey in the Falconidae family. It is found in the south-eastern Amazon rainforest in Brazil and Bolivia. 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. While uncommon in its Amazonian range, it remains widespread, and is therefore rated as Least Concern by BirdLife International and IUCN. Long confused with the Lined Forest-falcon, the Cryptic Forest-falcon was only scientifically described in 2003 – the two being an example of a cryptic species complex. Unlike the Lined Forest-falcon, adult Cryptic Forest-falcons only have a single white tail-band (in addition to a narrow white tail-tip).


* BirdLife International 2006. Micrastur mintoni. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 24 July 2007.

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