Distribution of Red-footed falcon

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Range

Range

Range & population Falco vespertinus breeds in eastern Europe and west, central and north-central Asia, with its main range from Belarus south to Hungary, northern Serbia and Montenegro, Romania, Moldova and east Bulgaria, eastward through Ukraine and north-west and south Russia and north Kazakhstan to extreme north-west China and the upper Lena river (Russia). It winters in southern Africa, from South Africa northwards to southern Kenya1. In Central Europe, 1,000-3,500 birds congregate at migratory roost sites10. It has a large global population estimated to be 300,000-800,000 individuals1, but recent evidence suggests that it is undergoing large declines in parts of its range. The European population of 26,000-39,000 pairs (forming 25-49% of the global population) suffered a large decline during 1970-19902, and has continued to decline during 1990-2000, particularly in the key populations in Russia and Ukraine, with overall declines exceeding 30% in ten years (three generations). Declines have also been reported from eastern Siberia, where the species may have disappeared as a breeder from the Baikal region. In Hungary estimated populations have declined from 2,000-2,500 pairs in the late 1980s to 600-700 pairs based on surveys in 2003-20066,10, and in Bulgaria very few active colonies remain. In 2006, surveys in Bulgaria found the species breeding at only 26 sites, out of 75 known locations. However, populations in central Asia appear to be stable, with the species reported to be common in suitable habitats in Kazakhstan (especially in forest-steppe zone with Rook Corvus frugilegus colonies), and no evidence of any population declines there. Some small marginal populations in south-west Europe are also stable or increasing, especially in Italy.

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