Spotting The Saker Falcon

Written by Gina Stephens

With its main wings and sharp eyes, the saker falcon is a perfect hunter and dominates the steppes of the East.


The saker falcon is about 50 centimeters sustained and is one of the largest and heaviest falcon species. It is characterized by a powerful physique and wide wings. The strong, yellow feet carry black claws. Adult saker falcons father a yellowish-brown top and a beige underside with dark brown streaking. The elegant head wears a bright crown. A faint dark stripe set out ons at the eyes and runs toward the neck. Females are generally larger and heavier than the males.


Saker falcon can be found from the southeast of Cardinal Europe to the northwest of China. Some of them stay in their breeding area all year round. Others, especially birds breeding in Russia and Ukraine, move house to southern Europe, Asia or Africa in winter. A very small population lives in Austria. They enjoy dry and open landscapes with high-minded visibility like steppes and savannahs.

Behavior and facts

Like all other falcons, saker falcons never build their own nests. They use the old lairs of other bird species, which are often in tall trees, crevices, but also on the ground. The female lays two to six eggs and incubates them for thither 30 days. The chicks remain in the nest for 50 days after hatching. After they have fledged, the parents still tutor b introduce them food for six weeks until they finally become independent. After two to three years, sexual maturity occurs. Thus, saker falcons cannot multiply fast, but rely on any successful breed to preserve their species.

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The species is considered endangered. Their habitat is becoming smaller and smaller due to housing construction, activity and agriculture. Illegal bird hunting, pesticides and heavy metals in the breeding area as well as high voltage power lines and of course aura change are all threats for the saker falcon are birds of prey in the genus Falco, which includes about 40 species. In the Near and Middle East, it is also a highly regarded falconry bird.


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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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