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African Pygmy-falcon

Polihierax semitorquatus

Falconiformes - Falconidae - Falcons & caracaras

Distribution: S ethiopia, Somalia, NE Uganda and Kenya to NC Tanzania; S Angola and Namibia to NW South Africa

Habitat: Arid and semi-arid steppe with sparse gound cover and scattered large trees

Diet: Small lizards and large insects, some rodents and birds

Breeding: Occupy a weaver nest-chamber

Clutch size: 2 - 4 eggs

Incubation: 28 - 30 days

Fledge age: 27 - 40 days


Protocol from The International Centre for Birds of Prey

View The International Centre for Birds of Prey protocol file >

Protocol established ?
Used on 12 individuals
Success rate 100.00%


Protocol used for at least 5 individuals with over 75% success*
Used by 2 or more institutions 
Points on minimizing imprinting 
Birds went on to produce fertile eggs 
Birds went on to successfully parent rear 

Warning points

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Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 2. New World Vultures to Guineafowl. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. 1994

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