Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Aves Falconiformes Falconidae

Scientific Name: Falco rusticolus
Species Authority: Linnaeus, 1758
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Gyrfalcon, Gyr Falcon
Taxonomic Source(s): del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Ekstrom, J., Butchart, S.
This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is very large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2009 Least Concern (LC)
2008 Least Concern (LC)
2004 Least Concern (LC)
2000 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)
1994 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)
1988 Near Threatened (NT)

Geographic Range [top]

Countries occurrence:
Canada; China; Finland; France; Greenland; Iceland; Japan; Mexico; Norway; Russian Federation; Sweden; United States
Austria; Belgium; Bermuda; Brazil; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Germany; Ireland; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Latvia; Netherlands; Pakistan; Poland; Portugal; Saint Pierre and Miquelon; Spain; Svalbard and Jan Mayen; Switzerland; Ukraine; United Kingdom
Continuing decline in area of occupancy (AOO): Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in area of occupancy (AOO): No
Estimated extent of occurrence (EOO) - km2: 8620000
Continuing decline in extent of occurrence (EOO): Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in extent of occurrence (EOO): No
Continuing decline in number of locations: Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in the number of locations: No
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1400
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Population [top]

Population: The global population is estimated to number c.110,000 individuals (Rich et al. 2004), while the population in Russia has been estimated at c.10,000-100,000 breeding pairs (Brazil 2009).

Trend Justification:  The overall trend is likely to be stable. This species has undergone a large and statistically significant increase over the last 40 years in North America (311% increase over 40 years, equating to a 42.4% increase per decade; data from Breeding Bird Survey and/or Christmas Bird Count: Butcher and Niven 2007). Note, however, that these surveys cover less than 50% of the species's range in North America.
For further information about this species, see 22696500_falco_rusticolus.pdf.
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Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Continuing decline of mature individuals: Unknown
Extreme fluctuations: No Population severely fragmented: No
Continuing decline in subpopulations: Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in subpopulations: No All individuals in one subpopulation: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Citation: BirdLife International. 2012. Falco rusticolus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T22696500A40326899. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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