Pygmy falcon

Smallest raptor of Africa with a heart bigger than lion’s

Sumeet Moghe

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.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Angola
2016
Botswana
2016
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2016
Ethiopia
2016
Kenya
2016
Namibia
2016
Rwanda
2016
Non-Breeding
Somalia
2016
South Africa
2016
South Sudan
2016
Sudan
2016
Tanzania
2016
Uganda
2016

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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