The Aplomado Falcon is a bird of prey with a slender body, able to catch prey in mid-air. Its name derives from a Spanish word that comes to mean Plumbeous, which refer to the blue-grey plumage of the head and back of the body. In adults, the chest and head markings are white, while in Juveniles those parts are buffy with black streaking on the chest. The tail is barred in black and white. The bill is hooked down, which helps to tear down flesh from their prey. They eat insects and small vertebrates, including birds and quail.