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Black-thighed Falconet - BirdForum Opus

Photo by the late Laurence Poh
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Microhierax fringillarius


14-18 cm - Amongst the world's smallest raptors

  • Black upperparts
  • Broad white supercilium
  • Whitish-rufous underparts
  • White throat
  • Broad black ear coverts
  • Black outer thighs


Southern Asia: breeds in southern Tenasserim, peninsular Thailand and Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Bali, Singapore and Borneo. Now scarce in Java and Bali.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Treated as a race of Collared Falconet M. caerulescens by some authors.


Forest edge and clearings; secondary-growth broad-leaved woodland up to 1,200m, sometimes close to human habitation.




The diet includes small birds and insects.


It breeds in tree holes.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. BF Member observations

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