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African Pygmy Falcon

Polihierax semitorquatus

Description:

Falcon with fluffy white and grey feathers

Habitat:

Spotted at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido

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6 Comments

Liam
Liam 8 years ago

So cute!!

KyleBergstedt
KyleBergstedt 8 years ago

So cool!

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

You're welcome! I'm familiar with birds of prey in the US...I'm learning about raptors in other countries, and it's fascinating! I think the African Pygmy Falcon is the smallest known falcon in the world...not positive. Our American Kestrel is the smallest in the US, and it's definitely bigger than this one! A little fact about most birds..."babies" are usually full size when they start to fly...they don't have their mature flight feathers until they are full-sized. All the pint-sized raptors make me melt!! ;-)

CoralAvery
CoralAvery 8 years ago

Thanks for the ID, and I also believe your idea of why he is fluffed up. It was extremely hot that day and I'm sure he was trying to cool down as much as I was. It's hard for me to believe though that that is their actual size! I could fit the little guy in my hand, but he doesn't have the markings of a juvenile so you are correct he is full grown and a male. :)

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

He is very cute, but I think your "baby" falcon is actually an adult African Pygmy Falcon...I'm not positive...but it is not a baby...he's probably fluffed because he's hot...here's a Wiki link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pygmy_Falco...

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Adorable!

CoralAvery
Spotted by
CoralAvery

San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Jul 22, 2012
Submitted on Jul 24, 2012

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