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About the African Pygmy Falcon

Also known as: Pygmy Falcon, African Falcon, South African Pygmy Falcon

The African Pygmy Falcon is a small bird of prey that lives in parts of eastern and southern Africa. The tiny falcon measures just about 7.5 inches long and is the smallest bird of prey found in Africa.

African Pygmy Falcons are white below and grey above. They have reddish orange feet and around their eyes. Their are black spots on the flight feathers and the barred tail also appears spotted when the bird is at rest.

These darling little birds of prey use old weaver nests for breeding. Although they are predatory birds, they nest among active buffalo-weaver or Sociable Weaver colonies and usually leave the weaver birds alone. Usually. ;)

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 25 April 2012
Scientific Name Polihierax semitorquatus
  • Falconiformes
  • Falconidae
  • Polihierax
  • P. semitorquatus
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
7.5 to 7.8 inches
14.5 inches
1.9 to 2.3 ounces
Range East Africa South Africa

International Names

  • 非洲侏隼 (Chinese)
  • sokolík malý (Czech)
  • Afrikansk Pygmæfalk (Danish)
  • Afrikaanse Dwergvalk (Dutch)
  • afrikankääpiöhaukka (Finnish)
  • Fauconnet d'Afrique (French)
  • Halsband-Zwergfalke (German)
  • Falco pigmeo africano (Italian)
  • コビトハヤブサ [kobitohayabusa] (Japanese)
  • Afrikapygméfalk (Norwegian)
  • sokolik czerwonooki (Polish)
  • Африканский карликовый сокол (Russian)
  • Halconcito Africano (Spanish)
  • Afrikansk pygméfalk (Swedish)

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