African Pygmy Falcon

Adult African Pygmy-falcons are white below and on the face, grey above, the female having a chestnut back. There are white eye spots on the nape. Juveniles have a brown back, duller than adult females, and a rufous wash on the breast. The flight feathers of the wings are spotted black and white ; the tail is barred black and white.

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Original source: Steve Garvie from Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandCamera location
Author: Steve Garvie from Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandCamera location

The African Pygmy Falcon is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

African Pygmy Falcon - Polihierax semitorquatusAfrican Pygmy-falcons = Birds of Prey ... Falcon Information ... The Sport of Falconry African Pygmy-falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus) The African Pygmy-falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus) is a falcon that lives in eastern and southern Africa, the smallest raptor of the continent. As a small falcon, only 19 to 20 cm long, it preys on insects, small reptiles and even small mammals. More

African pygmy falcons are found around the arid steppes of eastern and southern Africa. Natural diet: In the wild, these birds feed mainly on small lizards and large insects, but also some rodents and birds. Size / weight range: African pygmy falcons grow to about 20 cm (8 inches) and weigh 54-67 g (2 ounces). More

Order : Falconiformes
Family : Falconidae
Genus : Polihierax
Species : semitorquatus
Authority : (Smith, 1836)