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Eleonora's Falcon
Falco eleonorae

Map of the common names


Size of Peregrine (F. peregrinus) -40 cm-, but more slim. The Eleonora's Falcon is highly selective in its choice of nesting habitats. Breeding is colonial, on Mediterranean islands, which are often small and uninhabited. The birds mest mainly on cliffs. The breeding strategy is linked to the availability of migrant birds as food for the nestlings in autumn. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

The population seems to be stable but being restricted to so few breeding sites the species is extremaly vulnerable. Further threats are egg-collecting, illegal hunting anddisturbance through tourism.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : about 4000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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