African Pygmy Falcon Polihierax semitorquatus

African Pygmy Falcon male
African Pygmy Falcon
African Pygmy Falcon
The African Pygmy Falcon, the smallest bird of prey in Africa, is some 20 cm long and 50-70 gm. Native to east and southeast Africa, prey is mainly insects and small reptiles plus some small birds.
African Pygmy Falcon female
The adult male has a grey back and the female a chestnut back. There are 2 white false "eyespots" on the back of the head. Juveniles have a dull brown back and a pinkish breast.