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.