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African Pygmy Falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus)

The Pygmy Falcon, or 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 it preys on insects, small reptiles and even small mammals.


Adult 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 (more black above, more white below); the tail is barred black and white.

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Taken on July 10, 2012