Falcons used for hunting are still subject to many of the same causes of mortality as those in the wild, including several bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, bumblefoot disease, lead and ammonium chloride poisoning, and injuries incurred from impacting or struggling with prey, to name a few.
Although most wild individuals are expected to live from 5 to 7 years, a few of these birds have been known to live for as long as 10 years. Captive animals tend to live longer than their wild counterparts. In captivity, sakers are expected to live from 15 to 20 years, but may reach a maximum age of about 25 years.
Status: wild: 10 (high) years.
Status: captivity: 25 (high) years.
Status: wild: 5 to 7 years.
Status: captivity: 15 to 20 years.
- Naldo, J., J. Samour. 2004. Causes of Morbidity and Mortality in Falcons in Saudi Arabia. Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, 18/4: 229-241. Accessed April 22, 2005 at http://www.bioone.org/bioone/?request=get-document&issn=1082-6742&volume=018&issue=04&page=0229.
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