Status of raptors in Serbia – a short overview

Here is a short overview of the current status of raptors in Serbia. The list was compiled by Ivan Djordjevic and Milan Ruzic.

1. European Honey-Buzzard – common breeding species
2. Black Kite – decreasing, rare
3. Red Kite – decreased, possible breeding species
4. White-tailed Eagle – increasing
5. Egyptian Vulture – possibly extinct
6. Griffon Vulture – increasing
7. Short-toed Eagle – rare, stable population
8. Western Marsh Harrier – common in the Northern part, stable
9. Montagu’s Harrier – rare
10. Northern Goshawk – common
11. Eurasian Sparrowhawk – common
12. Levant Sparrowhawk – rare, decreasing
13. Common Buzzard – common, increasing
14. Long-legged Buzzard – rare, increasing
15. Lesser Spotted Eagle – rare, decreasing
16. Eastern Imperial Eagle – rare, stable
17. Golden Eagle – rare, decreasing
18. Booted Eagle – rare, increasing
19. Eurasian Kestrel – common, decreasing
20. Red-footed falcon – rare, decreasing
21. Eurasian Hobby – common, stable
22. Lanner Falcon – possible breeding species (far South)
23. Saker Falcon – rare, decreasing
24. Peregrine Falcon – rare, stable

Extinct species are:
1. Cinereous Vulture (mid 20th century)
2. Bearded Vulture (mid 20th century)
3. Osprey (beginning of 20th century)
4. Lesser Kestrel (late 20th century)

Other recorded species are:
1. Bonelli’s Eagle (several recordings)
2. Greater Spotted Eagle (rare, wintering only)
3. Steppe Eagle (excape from zoo)
4. Eleonora’s Falcon (rare, only a few recorded in the South)

Many thanks to Ivan Djordjevic and Milan Ruzic for the list.