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November 10-16, 2012
Laggar Falcon by Sharad Sridhar
The Laggar Falcon Falco jugger is a mid-sized bird of prey which occurs in the Indian subcontinent from extreme south-east Iran, south-east Afghanistan, Pakistan, through India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and north-west Myanmar. Laggar Falcons used to be the most common falcons in the region, but numbers have declined markedly in recent times and today it is probably nowhere a common species anymore. The main threats are the intensification of pesticide use in the region and use as a decoy to trap large falcons. This species has been listed as 'Near Threatened' on IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species.