This bird, based on DNA examination, is thought to be the oldest species of Falcon.
Very fast and similar to the Peregrine Falcon. This bird does not dive from above like a Peregrine, it hunts by flying low to the ground. They have been mated to produce hybrids for falconry.
Lanner breed in Africa, southern Europe, and parts of Asia. Their population is relatively stable.
Lanner Falcons have been documented as being residents of the UK dating back to the 1600’s due to escapes during hunting for the royals.
Photographs taken at The Center For Birds Of Prey, Charleston, South Carolina.