Red-footed Falcon (Male)
Red-footed Falcon (Female, UAE)
Scientific Name 
Falco vespertinus
Arabic Name 
البزيق الشائع
Kuwaiti name 
73.0 cm
30.0 cm
Near Threatened
Similar species 


Extremely rare vagrant; A small, slender raptor in which the male and female vary considerably in appearance. The species’ main passage route is well to the west of the Gulf, on route to its wintering grounds in Africa.
Where in Kuwait 
A Near Threatened species with only two Spring records for Kuwait with the first being a deceased bird and the second seen in agricultural lands in 2009.
In the world 
This species is experiencing a moderately rapid population decline, owing to habitat loss and degradation. It breeds in eastern Europe and west, central and north-central Asia and winters in southern Africa, from South Africa northwards to southern Kenya. The entire population migrates together between south-west Africa and their Eurasian breeding grounds.
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting and trapping for falconry.