The Saker Flacon is a globally endanged species because its population has undergone a dramatic decline (61%) from 1990 to 2003. In 2010 the total European breeding population was estimated to be 200-220 pairs in Hungary and 35-38 pairs in Slovakia. In the last few years its population started increasing in Austria and Ukraine; its status was Vulnerable in 2010. This large, powerful bird of prey is a flagship species of Altai-Sayan Mountains in Central Asia.
The Saker preys mainly on small-size birds and mammals caught on ground after low flight. He also stoops on aerial prey like Peregrine. Its usual habitat extends from semi-desert and desert areas to foothills and montains where he spends long periods perched on rocks.
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug
Photo by Larysa Johnston
Pictures of Saker Falcon
- Conservation of Saker (Falco cherrug) in the Carpathian Basin (LIFE06 NAT/HU/000096)
- Bird Red List Of Slovakia