Saker Falcon

About the Saker Falcon

Also known as: Snake Falcon, Altai Falcon

The Saker Falcon is a very large species of falcon that breeds across parts of eastern Europe and much of central Asia. Some birds are year-round residents in the Middle East, while others winter south of their breeding territory, in southern parts of Europe or Asia, or into central Africa.

Saker Falcons prefer a habitat of open grassland with nearby trees or cliffs. They hunt on the wing, rather than hovering or from a stoop.

Saker Falcons have been used in the sport of falconry for thousands of years. In the wild, they are considered Endangered due to habitat loss, as well as other factors. The Saker Falcon is the official national bird of Hungary.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 16 May 2015
Scientific Name
Falco cherrug
  • Falconiformes
  • Falconidae
  • Falco
  • F. cherrug
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Units: Imperial / Metric
18 to 22 inches
42 to 50 inches
26 to 46 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 猎隼
Czech (Cesky) raroh velký
Danish (Dansk) Slagfalk
Dutch (Nederlands) Sakervalk
Finnish (Suomi) aavikkohaukka
French (Français) Faucon sacre
German (Deutsch) Würgfalke
Italian (Italiano) Falco sacro
Japanese (日本語) セアカアハヤブサ [se-ka-hayabusa]
Korean (한국어) 헨다손매
Norwegian (Norsk) Tartarfalk
Polish (Polski) raróg
Portuguese (Português) Falcão-sacre
Russian (русский язык) Балобан
Spanish (Español) Halcón Sacre
Swedish (Svenska) Tatarfalk
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