African Pygmy Falcon

These tiny falcons grow to about 8 inches in length (20cm) and weigh just 2 ounces (54-67g).


  • Scientific Name: Polihierax semitorquatus
  • Range: Arid steppes of eastern and southern Africa
  • Status in the Wild: Least Concern
  • Location in the Zoo: Off-exhibit animal; they are often featured in Meet the Keeper Talks in Natural Encounters, where a keeper will bring one out as a handling animal for you to see up close.
  • Cool Animal Fact: These birds use empty nests from weaver birds as their own nest and roosting sites.