The Danish Peregrine Falcon population: Reestablishment and eggshell thinning

Niels Peter Andreasen 1 , Knud Falk 2 ,  and Søren Møller 3
  • 1 Birdlife Denmark, , DK-4780, Stege, Denmark
  • 2 , 11765, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 3 Roskilde University Library, , 4000, Roskilde, Denmark


Denmark being a country with only a few suitable steep nesting cliffs has only harboured a small population of Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus) in historic time. In the previous century, the population gradually declined due to persecution, egg and young collection, and pollution. The last breeding attempt in the 20th century occurred in 1972 in southeastern Denmark. No new breeding attempts were recorded in Denmark until 2001 but since then the population has gradually increased – most rapidly since 2012 – to a peak of 24 territorial pairs in 2018; some of them breeding on man-made structures (nest boxes at bridges and power plants). Here we update the information on the reestablishment of the Peregrine Falcon in Den-mark, including origin and dispersal, reproduction, and eggshell thinning.

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