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1 December 2005 An Observation of Foliage-bathing by an Orange-breasted Falcon (Falco deiroleucus) in Tikal, Guatemala
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I observed a pair of Orange-breasted Falcons (Falco deiroleucus) in Tikal, Guatemala, on 30 December 2003 and 1 January 2004. I observed the birds flying through wet foliage as a means of bathing, which has not been described previously for this species. During a morning with light rain, an adult falcon took off from a perch, flew low over the forest canopy, and appeared to crash intentionally into the wet, upper foliage of emergent trees before returning to its perch. I observed three repetitions of this behavior.

Knut Eisermann "An Observation of Foliage-bathing by an Orange-breasted Falcon (Falco deiroleucus) in Tikal, Guatemala," The Wilson Bulletin 117(4), 415-418, (1 December 2005). https://doi.org/10.1676/04-111.1
Received: 16 November 2004; Accepted: 1 July 2005; Published: 1 December 2005
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