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Pygmy Falcon

Polihierax semitorquatus (Smith, A, 1836)

The Pygmy Falcon, or African Pygmy Falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus), is a falcon that 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. Source: Wikipedia




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Order:
  Falconiformes
Family:
  Falconidae
Genus:
  Polihierax

Scientific:
  Polihierax semitorquatus

Citation:
  (Smith, A, 1836)

Reference:
  Rep.Exped.Centr.Afr. p.44

Protonym:
  Falco simitorquata

Avibase ID:
  3B52D2B8E4F83FC8

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/3B52D2B8

Taxonomic Serial Number:
TSN: 175681

Geographic range:

  • Polihierax semitorquatus: Discontinuously distributed acacia thornscrub of ne and s Africa
English:
Pygmy Falcon
Czech:
sokolík malý
German:
Halsband-Zwergfalke
Danish:
Afrikansk Pygmæfalk
Spanish:
Halconcito Africano
Finnish:
afrikankääpiöhaukka
French:
Fauconnet d'Afrique
Icelandic:
Þyrnifálki
Italian:
Falchetto africano
Japanese:
kobitohayabusa
Japanese:
コビトハヤブサ
Dutch:
Afrikaanse Dwergvalk
Norwegian:
Afrikapygméfalk
Norwegian Nynorsk:
Afrikapygméfalk
Polish:
sokolik czerwonooki
Portuguese:
Falcão-pigmeu
Russian:
Африканский карликовый сокол
Slovak:
sokolík obojkový
Swedish:
afrikansk pygméfalk
Ukrainian:
Сокіл-крихітка африканський
Chinese:
非洲侏隼


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

African Bird Club Checklist 2004:
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist August 2005:
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist March 2007:
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist January 2008:
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist May 2009:
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist March 2010:
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 00:
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 01:
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 02:
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 03:
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 04:
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 05 (Jun 2012):
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 05.1 (Oct 2012):
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06 (Nov 2013):
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06.1 (Feb 2014):
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
African Pygmy-falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
African Pygmy-falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
African Pygmy-falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
African Pygmy-falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
African Pygmy-falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
African Pygmy-falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993, révision 2009):
Fauconnet d'Afrique ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993):
Fauconnet d'Afrique ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Clements 1st edition:
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Clements 3rd edition:
African Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Clements 4th edition:
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (as published):
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2000 revisions):
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2001 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2002 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2003 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2004 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2005 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition:
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Clements 6th edition (incl. 2007 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (incl. 2008 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (incl. 2009 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.5 incl. 2010 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.6 incl. 2011 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.7 incl. 2012 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.8 incl. 2013 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.9 incl. 2014 revisions):
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Clements, version 2015:
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Clements, version 2016:
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Clements, version 2017:
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Clements, version 2018:
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Clements, version 2019:
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eBird version 1.50:
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eBird version 1.52:
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eBird version 1.53:
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eBird version 1.54:
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eBird version 1.55:
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eBird version 2015:
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eBird version 2016:
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eBird version 2017:
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eBird version 2018:
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eBird version 2019:
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 2nd edition:
African Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 2nd edition (incl. ? suppl):
African Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (as published):
African Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 1.2):
African Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 2.1):
African Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 3.1):
African Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 4):
African Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 5):
African Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 6):
African Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 7):
African Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 8):
African Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
African Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
African Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
African Pygmy-falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
African Pygmy-falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
African Pygmy-falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
African Pygmy-falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
African Pygmy-falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.0:
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.5:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.7:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.0:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.11:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.5:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 7.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 7.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 7.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 8.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 8.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 9.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 9.2:
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Morony, Bock and Farrand:
African Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
James Lee Peters:
Polihierax semitorquatus [version 1]
James Lee Peters (original):
Polihiërax semitorquatus [version 1]
James Lee Peters (2nd edition):
Polihierax semitorquatus [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993):
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993, including corrections up to 1998):
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe 2nd edition (1996):
Pygmy Falcon ( Polihierax semitorquatus) [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Polihierax semitorquatus [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Polihierax semitorquatus [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species

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Other synonyms


Afrikaans: Dwergvalk
Bulgarian: Сокол пигмей
Catalan: Falconet africà
Czech: sokolík malý, Sokolík obojkový
Danish: Afrikansk Pygmæfalk
German: Halsband-Zwergfalke, Zwergfalke
English: Abyssinian Pygmy Falcon, African Falcon, African Pigmy Falcon, African Pygmy Falcon, African Pygmy-Falcon, Pygmy Falcon, South African Pygmy Falcon
English (IOC): Pygmy Falcon
English (Kenya): Pygmy Falcon
Spanish: Halconcito Africano, Halconito Africano
Spanish (Spain): Halconcito Africano
Spanish (HBW): Pygmy Falcon
Estonian: manukpistrik
Finnish: Afrikankääpiöhaukka
French: Fauconnet d’Afrique, Fauconnet d'Afrique, Fauconnet pygmé d'Afrique
Hebrew: בזון גמדי
Hungarian: afrikai törpesólyom
Icelandic: Þyrnifálki
Italian: Falchetto africano, Falco pigmeo africano
Japanese: kobitohayabusa
Japanese: コビトハヤブサ
Scientific: Falco simitorquata, Polihierax semitorquatus, Polihiërax semitorquatus, Polihierax semitorquatus castanonotus, Polihierax semitorquatus semitorquatus, Polihierax semitorquatus semotorquatus
Lithuanian: Afrikinis mažasis sakalas
Dutch: Afrikaanse Dwergvalk
Norwegian Nynorsk: Afrikapygméfalk
Norwegian: Afrikapygmefalk, Afrikapygméfalk
Polish: sokolik czerwonooki
Portuguese: Falcão-pigmeu, Falcão-pigmeu-de-dorso-cinzento
Russian: Африканский карликовый сокол, Африканский малый сокол
Slovak: sokolík obojkový
Serbian: Patuljasti soko
Swedish: Afrikansk pygméfalk
Swahili: Kozi Kibete
Ukrainian: Сокіл-крихітка африканський
Chinese: 非洲侏隼
Chinese (Traditional): 非洲侏隼

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