Red-footed Falcon

Falco vespertinus (Linnaeus, 1766) FV REFFA 3070
Family: Falconiformes > Falconidae

Red-footed Falcon, Yoav Perlman

Red-footed Falcon is a vagrant to Britain & Ireland, reported annually but in varying numbers.

With a breeding range that extends from Estonia, Slovakia and Hungary east to north-west China, this is a migratory species that winters in the south of Africa.

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4.1k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
4.1k records



Red-footed Falcon identification is sometimes difficult.


Listen to example recordings of the main vocalisations of Red-footed Falcon, provided by xeno-canto contributors.

Alarm call


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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Red-footed Falcon breeding distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Breeding Distribution 2008-2011.
More from the Atlas Mapstore.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Red-footed Falcons are scarce vagrants, most often encountered in late spring and autumn.

Weekly occurence of Red-footed Falcon from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.

An overview of year-round movements for the whole of Europe can be seen on the EuroBirdPortal viewer.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.

Foreign locations of birds ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland

Foreign locations of Red-footed Falcon ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland
Encountered in: Winter (Nov-Feb); Spring (Mar-Apr); Summer (May-Jul); Autumn (Aug-Oct)


Lifecycle and body size information about Red-footed Falcon, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Gaelic: Seabhag-dhearg-chasach
Welsh: Cudyll Troedgoch
Catalan: falcó cama-roig
Czech: poštolka rudonohá
Danish: Aftenfalk
Dutch: Roodpootvalk
Estonian: punajalg-pistrik
Finnish: punajalkahaukka
French: Faucon kobez
German: Rotfußfalke
Hungarian: kék vércse
Icelandic: Kvöldfálki
Irish: Fabhcún Cosdearg
Italian: Falco cuculo
Latvian: kukainu piekuns
Lithuanian: raudonkojis sakalas
Norwegian: Aftenfalk
Polish: kobczyk (zwyczajny)
Portuguese: falcão-verpertino
Slovak: sokol kobcovitý
Slovenian: rdecenoga postovka
Spanish: Cernícalo patirrojo
Swedish: aftonfalk

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