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Saker Falcon

Falco cherrug

Falconiformes - Falconidae - Falcons & caracaras

Distribution: C Europe E through SW Russia, Ukraine and Iran. Winters from Europe and NE Africa E to NW India

Habitat: Steppe, wooded and open woodland, rocky areas; cliffs & canyons. Sometimes along coast, over marshes or near lakes.

Diet: Mainly small mammals

Breeding: Nest on cliff ledges & tall trees.

Clutch size: 3-5 eggs

Incubation: Over 30 days

Rearing: Incubation mostly by female; male brings most of food.

Fledge age: 45 - 50 days

Maturity: 2 - 3 years


Protocol from The International Centre for Birds of Prey

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Protocol established ?
Used on 26 individuals
Success rate 100.00%


Protocol used for at least 5 individuals with over 75% success*
Used by 2 or more institutions 
Points on minimizing imprinting 
Birds went on to produce fertile eggs 
Birds went on to successfully parent rear 

Warning points

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Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 2. New World Vultures to Guineafowl. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. 1994

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