Scarce disperser throughout the year, perhaps a rare resident. Renowned as the fastest of birds. A global decline occurred in many populations from 1950 to 1970 due to pesticide poisoning. Many populations have recovered but the species is still collected illegally for falconry.
Where in Kuwait
Encountered infrequently in all seasons in Kuwait and in a variety of habitats; from urban environments to desert areas and along the coast.
In the world
It has a worldwide distribution, occurring on every continent except Antarctica although significant efforts are needed to fully restore it across its former range. The female is generally 20% larger than the male. Prey is usually caught in mid-air, although some may be taken from the ground or from water. This bird is fast and agile in flight, and typically either chases prey at great speed, to exhaust it, or attacks it in a steep, spectacular dive, or ‘stoop’.