The pygmy falcon, or African pygmy falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus) is the smallest raptor on the continent, being only 19 to 20 cm long. It preys on insects, small reptiles, and small mammals. African pygmy falcons, unlike many species of raptors, have different markings to distinguish males and females – females have a brown patch between their wings, while males have a solid grey back. A powerful predator, it perches and searches the ground for insects, lizards and other small animals.
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