Bird Facts Red Footed Falcon
The Red-footed Falcon is a bird of prey that is native to Europe and Asia. The bird was found in North America in 2004 at Martha’s Vineyard. The bird ranges in size from small to medium and has long wings. It likes to live in the open country with trees and water. It does not build it’s own nests, but prefers to use old nests that have been abandoned by other birds. Their population is declining and is nearly threatened. They like to live near ponds, rivers and meadows, feed on insects, small reptiles and mammals and sometimes they hunt in flocks. Habitat loss and hunting is what is causing their population to decline.
The Red-footed Falcon is closely related to the species of American Falcon. The males are blue-gray in color while the females are gray and orange. When hunting it’s prey, the bird will hover searching the ground below and make short, steep dives to attack it’s prey. This bird can lay up to four eggs. Their feet are red which gives the bird it’s name. The Red-footed Falcon that was discovered in North America migrated here. They mostly migrate to Africa. The bay falcons are brown with dark streaks. Their faces resemble the female. It is known to catch small birds as it’s prey as well.
In Europe the Red-footed Falcon is being protected from hunters. It is illegal to shoot them or hunt them because of their declining population. Illegal hunters try to make profits from hunting them. These birds love the wetlands and croplands too. The Red-footed Falcon is quite an attractive bird. These Falcons are known to help keep the balance of nature. Without them it would be nearly impossible to control retiles and rodents. These birds have been used for thousands of years in falconry. There are about 60 species of Falcon and the Red-footed Falcon attracts many nature lovers and birdwatchers from all over the world. The Red-footed Falcon is a delightful bird and a real charmer for those who watch it. They are really swift birds that can dive from 200 to 300 miles per hour and are often used for sport by hunters to hunt other game. When the climate change began is when the Red-footed Falcon migrated to North America. Only one Falcon loves the cold climate conditions and that is the Gyrfalcon, a hybrid that was bred from two different species. It prefers to live in Alaska.