African Pygmy Falcon

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. ;)

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 25 April 2012
Scientific Name
Polihierax semitorquatus
  • Falconiformes
  • Falconidae
  • Polihierax
  • P. semitorquatus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
7.5 to 7.8 inches
14.5 inches
1.9 to 2.3 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 非洲侏隼
Czech (Cesky) sokolík malý
Danish (Dansk) Afrikansk Pygmæfalk
Dutch (Nederlands) Afrikaanse Dwergvalk
Finnish (Suomi) afrikankääpiöhaukka
French (Français) Fauconnet d'Afrique
German (Deutsch) Halsband-Zwergfalke
Italian (Italiano) Falco pigmeo africano
Japanese (日本語) コビトハヤブサ [kobitohayabusa]
Norwegian (Norsk) Afrikapygméfalk
Polish (Polski) sokolik czerwonooki
Russian (русский язык) Африканский карликовый сокол
Spanish (Español) Halconcito Africano
Swedish (Svenska) Afrikansk pygméfalk
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