Falcon, Saker


Name: Falcon, Saker

Scientific name: Falco cherrug

Type: Buzzards and Falcons

Color: Brown,White

Habitat: Desert,Fields,Water

Size: 47-55cm

Conservation status:



Largest falcon of the region with wing-span of female Buzzard. Like Lanner in outline, but larger, and heavier-chested. Separated from Lanner by combination of whitish crown (sometimes confined to nape), unbarred Kestrel-like contrast above, less distinctly barred uppertail, poorly developed moustache and less contrasting head pattern (diffuse dark eye-stripe, no dark forehead-band); whitish supercilium often more conspicuous and belly more spotted, but lacks Lanner’s spot-bars on flanks. Juvenile almost identical to young Lanner. Flight with slow, flattish wing-beats; when soaring, wings flat or slightly up-curved.

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