This intrepid hunter and valiant nest guard is Africa’s tiniest raptor (adults are about the length of a sharpened pencil). The African pygmy falcon is a tiny yet powerful bird.
Instead of creating their own roost, they choose to take over a few chambers of a huge, communal weaver bird nest. Because of their hunting abilities, pygmy falcons are beneficial nest visitors, lowering the number of snakes and other predators in the area.
The members of this genus are endemic to Northeastern and Southwestern Africa, where they remain forever since they do not move throughout the seasons.
They are sedentary creatures who spend most of their lives in one place. To avoid the heat of the day, these falcons prefer to hunt in the mornings and evenings when the temperature is cooler.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No