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Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug)

Falco cherrug. Photo by I. KaryakinThe Saker is a large falcon which inhabits the open expanses of Eurasia. During its evolution the Saker never lost the ability to catch mammals on the ground so it is an excellent hunter. It is not without reason that the Saker is a favourite hunting bird of Eastern falconers. For centuries falconry connoisseurs have been inspired by the beauty of the Saker’s attacks on large birds – capable of high speeds, the falcon takes off at an acute angle, flies upwards a few metres before plummeting sharply, almost vertically, and striking its victim with all claws thrust in front of its strained legs. Falconers usually set Sakers loose on bustards which are several times larger than the Saker itself, but in the wild Sakers catch larges types of ground squirrel and pika.

Even 40 years ago the Saker inhabited a large expanse of desert, steppe and forest steppe zones from Austria and Bulgaria to the Far East.

Today, the once common species, whose numbers were estimated in the tens of thousands of pairs, has become extremely rare, with current worldwide numbers not exceeding 15 thousand pairs.

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Falco cherrug. Photo by I. KaryakinRisk factors. Is there a chance of survival for the Saker?

Over 40 years the population of Saker Falcons in Russia has diminished by 80%. The species has completely disappeared from Belgorod, Voronezh, Tambov, Ryazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Ulyanovsk, Samara, Saratov, Volgograd, Astrakhan, Orenburg and Kemerovo regions, Mordovia, Chuvashia, Tatarstan and Bashkortostan where once nests where commonplace and plentiful.
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Falco cherrug. Photo by I. KaryakinWhat is being done for the research and conservation of Sakers?

Monitoring of key nesting groups at permanent monitoring sites in the Republic of Altai, Khakassia, Tuva and Altai and Krasnoyarsk Regions. Regular expeditions to ascertain the status of Sakers nesting in Kazakhstan. Informative support for customs houses and state conservation agencies.
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Falco cherrug. Photo by I. KaryakinNews from the Saker Falcon research and conservation programme

 

 

 

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29.12.2018

OUTCOMES of the II International Scientific anp Practical Conference “Eagles of Palearctic: Study and Conservation”

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Грифовые птицы фауны Украины

Vultures of the Ukrainian fauna

The monograph is devoted to the vultures that are part of the fauna of Ukraine: the Black Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture and Bearded Vulture. Comprehensive information on the distribution of vultures on the territory of Ukraine in the past and present is given, original data on biology, population dynamics, current population numbers and composition of populations are presented.

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