This species is uncommon. It inhabits inland wetlands and grasslands with plenty of arthropods and small vertebrates. It is migratory, breeding in Belarus, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Kazakhstan, and China, and wintering in South Africa and Kenya (BirdLife International 2018).
According to the IUCN Red List assessment, the population of this species is declining, and its current population size is unknown. The threat to its persistence comes from habitat disturbance due to agriculture and grazing. Another threat is hunting along the migratory route (BirdLife International 2018).
Cite this page along with its URL as: Bhavanarayeni, R. and A. Bayani. 2023. Falco vespertinus Linnaeus, 1766 – Red-footed Falcon. Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Birds of India, v. 2.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. http://www.birdsofindia.org/sp/1236/Falco-vespertinus
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