Falco araea is found on the granitic islands of the Seychelles, with a stable population of 370 pairs on Mahé11 and a further 10-15 pairs on its satellite islands. Praslin, Silhouette and Ile du Nord were believed to hold at least another 20 pairs between them3,9, but a recent survey found just four pairs on Praslin4,12. There are frequent records from La Digue but no recent evidence of breeding6,8. At least one pair has also been heard on Félicité7. Considerable development and habitat alteration have taken place on Mahé since 2002, suggesting that a population increase since then is unlikely, and that a decline could have occurred14.
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