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Lanner Falcon
Falco biarmicus

Map of the common names


Size (L 45 cm) of Peregrine (Falco peregrinus), often paler. The Lanner is poorly known in Europe. Birds typically frequent open dry grassland and steppe, requiring large areas for hunting and cliffs for nesting. The diet is mostly small to medium-sized birds, plus some small mammals,reptiles and large insects. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

The status in EU of the Lanner is "endangered" and the breeding population is unlikely to exceed 200 pairs. The decline is due primarly to the taking of nestling for falconry over the whole European range. Unintentional human disturbance during the breeding season is responsible for some breeding failures.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : about 200 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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