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Falcon, Saker (Falco cherrug)
Photo by Psilo,Bolton,UK
 


Falcon, Saker (Falco cherrug)

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Photo taken at the Lakeland Bird of Prey centre, Penrith, UK

The Saker is a large, powerful falcon with a very large wingspan for its size. There are several subspecies namely the Steppe saker, mountain and the Altai. The plumage has a large range of color, from dark brown to grey, to almost white. Saker falcons also breed with gyr falcons and form a hybrid falcon. The saker falcon originated in southeast Europe and Asia. Their preferred habitats are the open plains and forest steppes.


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