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Saker Falcon

Friday, 27 November 2020
Saker Falcon

The Saker falcon is one of the large falcons whose numbers in nature have halved since the 1990s. As a result, it is listed in the "Red Book" with the assignment of the status of "endangered species". This is mainly facilitated by the human factor. The death of birds on electric wires, poisoning with pesticides through rodents that they feed on, reduction of nesting sites, anxiety, as well as mass removal from nature for sale.

Wild saker usually produces animals no larger than pigeons or ground squirrels. Birds caught in captivity are trained to attack prey 10 to 15 times its weight, bustard, for example. Which is very much appreciated by Arab sheikhs who are willing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for such a bird.

Saker sakers do not build nests, at most they can slightly "patch up" someone else's occupied, and for greater comfort, they can cover the inside with pieces of groundhog or ground squirrel skin. Eggs are usually 3 – 5, but it is not a fact that even in a formed pair, they will be laid. The female arranges a kind of "test", sits on an empty nest, not hunting, and if the male feeds her well, then there will be eggs and chicks. Otherwise, although the birds will not part, they will not have offspring this season. They actively defend their territory, driving away opponents several times larger than themselves, but only during the day. Any nocturnal predator, such as an owl, will easily get a sleeping bird on the nest.

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