African Pygmy Falcon

Polihierax semitorquatus

Though it is the smallest raptor in Africa, the African pygmy falcon is a powerful predator. Preferring to hunt early and late in the day to avoid the midday heat, the falcon perches and searches the ground for insects, lizards and other small animals. With a swoop, it snatches up prey in its talons.

Fact File

lengthLength: 7 to 8 in
weightWeight: 1.5 to 2.5 oz
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 7 yrs
wingspanWingspan: Up to 1.1 ft
habitatHabitat: Savannah
dietDiet: Insects, lizards, birds and rodents