American Kestrel. Order Falconiformes. Includes Falcons and Caracaras. Have a hooked bill and grasping talons. Formerly groups with other diurnal raptors, but now in their own group since they are not closely related. Falcons have slender pointed wings, and are capable of very rapid flight. This order of birds has what is called a tomial tooth.
African Pygmy Kingfisher (Ceyx pictus) by Rainbirder at Abuko Forest Reserve, Gambia: A tiny Kingfisher which prefers small shaded forest pools where it feeds mainly on insects. These wee birds positively golw in the dark gloomy understory of the forest. #Birds #African_Pygmy_Kingfisher #Rainbirder