The African pygmy falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus) lives in eastern and southern Africa and is the smallest raptor on the continent. As a small falcon, only 19 to 20 cm long, it preys on insects, small reptiles, and small mammals.
Adult pygmy falcons are white below and on the face, grey above, and females having a chestnut back. There are white “eye spots” on the nape. The flight feathers of the wings are spotted black and white (more black above, more white below); the tail is barred black and white.
These falcons were photographed in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa.