Rare passage migrant and winter visitor. Now a declining species and often a victim of nest-robbing for falconry. Highly prized in the Gulf and often smuggled from Pakistan and Iran for falconry in Gulf states.
Where in Kuwait
This Endangered species is generally a bird of desert habitat and is superficially similar to the Lanner Falcon.
In the world
This species is a wide-ranging species with a breeding distribution across the Palaearctic region from Eastern Europe to western China. After the breeding season, many populations migrate further south and spend winter in China, India, the Mediterranean, Middle East, and parts of Africa. It is a large, powerful bird of prey with an exceptionally broad wingspan for its size and can be both highly agile and extremely fast as it hunts close to the ground and it will frequently target prey that is larger than itself.
Trapping for falconry and the falconry trade as it is a favourite amongst falconers. Globally it is undergoing a very rapid decline, even though it is protected across much of it's range. It's future is bleak and it now faces the threat of extinction.