January 23, 2017 – African Pygmy Falcon or Pygmy Falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus)

Requested by: @hearthawk

Found in eastern and southern Africa, these tiny falcons are less than eight inches (20 centimeters) long. They eat large insects and small reptiles and rodents, spotting their prey from a perch before swooping down onto it and also hunting insects in flight. Usually nesting in empty weaver bird nests, both parents care for the chicks and are sometimes assisted by chicks from a previous brood. Somewhat unusually for raptors, males and females have different plumage. Females have a brownish patch on their backs while males’ backs are grey.


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