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Peter Kovalik

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Jérôme Fuchs, Jeff A. Johnson & David P. Mindell. Rapid diversification of falcons (Aves: Falconidae) due to expansion of open habitats in the Late Miocene. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, In Press.

Not mentioned in their taxonomic conclusions, but their figures suggest that Falco peregrinus is paraphyletic with respect to F. pelegrinoides. Lump?

A lump would be necessary in a phylogenetic species concept but not in other concepts -- at least that is my interpretation of what you write.

Barbary Falcon

A lump would be necessary in a phylogenetic species concept but not in other concepts -- at least that is my interpretation of what you write.
Take your pick – split by IOC and eBird/Clements, lumped by HBW/BirdLife and H&M4.
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If you will insist on monophyly then according to this paper you may need to lump the larger falcons too.
Personally I find Barbary Falcon different enough but would like to see a really good study of all geographical races of Peregrine (maybe someone has this?)

Fuchs et al 2015...
Another pair of closely related species was formed by the merlin lineages, which have been considered a single species until recently (White et al., 1994; Dickinson, 2003), when mitochondrial COI barcoding analyses identified two genetic clusters correlated with geography (Johnsen et al., 2010). This molecular divergence, confirmed by our study, is coupled with plumages differences; based on this pattern we consider the Old World and New World merlin groups as different species (F. aesalon and F. columbarius, respectively) in the present study. Mitochondrial data suggest that the two species' ranges are separated by the Bering Strait and the Atlantic Ocean (Johnsen et al., 2010) but further sampling of subspecies is clearly needed to define the extent of possible gene flow.
White et al 2015 (HBW Alive).
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Deborah F. Nacer, Fabio Raposo do Amaral. Striking pseudogenization in avian phylogenetics: numts are large and common in falcons. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. In Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available online 6 July 2017.

Amur Falcon

Yang C., Yang M., Wang Q., Lu Y. & Li X., 2018. The complete mitogenome of Falco amurensis (Falconiformes, Falconidae), and a comparative analysis of genus Falco. Zool. Sci. 35 (4): 367-372.

"What happens if AOU or BOU decide to raise the Herpetotherinae to family rank?"

Nothing happens. It means one group of bureaucrats has a difference of opinion with another group of bureaucrats; the PBI just carry on.

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