Conservation status and trends

The Red-footed falcon is listed as near threatened in the IUCN Red List, and in the Annex I of the Wild Birds Directive (79/409/EEC). The Red-footed Falcon European Species Action Plan has been officially published in 2010 and as strictly protected species in most of the range countries national Action Plans are also developed.

The global population is estimated to number 300,000-800,000 individuals, with 26,000-39,000 pairs in Europe, the bulk of the population breed in the steppes of eastern Europe and central Asia. (

The Carpathian Basin hosts the largest breeding population of the species within the EU. Countries sharing this population are Austria, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia. The latest monitoring results and trends can be found in the monitoring section.