Saker Falcon Falco cherrug

Family: Falconidae (Falcons, Caracaras)

Authority: Gray, 1834

Red List Category

Criteria: A2bcde+3cde+4bcde

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Justification of Red List category
This species is listed as Endangered because a population trend analysis indicates that it may be undergoing a very rapid decline. This negative trend is a result of a range of anthropogenic factors including electrocution on power lines, unsustainable capture for the falconry trade, as well as habitat degradation and the impacts of agrochemicals, and the rate of decline appears to be particularly severe in the species's central Asian breeding grounds. This classification is highly uncertain and may be revised when new information becomes available. Surveys are urgently needed to produce more robust and less uncertain population estimates, in particular for China, Russia and Mongolia. Further research to monitor key populations and to clarify the extent of anthropogenic threats and their effect on population trends is vital.

Population size: 12200-29800 mature individuals

Population trend: decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 19,100,000 km2

Country endemic: no

Realm - Afrotropical
Realm - Indomalayan
Realm - Palearctic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Freshwater biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Marine biome
Raptors MOU

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Falco cherrug. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/saker-falcon-falco-cherrug on 04/12/2023.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org on 04/12/2023.