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Collared falconet

Thai: เหยี่ยวแมลงปอขาแดง, yiew malaeng po khaa daeng

Binomial name: Microhierax caerulescens, Carolus Linnaeus, 1758

The collared falconet (Microhierax caerulescens) is a species of bird of prey in the Falconidae family.

It is found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, ranging across Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

Its natural habitat is temperate forests, often on the edges of broadleaf forest.

It is 18cm long. Rapid wingbeats are interspersed with long glides. When perched, "rather shrikelike."

Description - Very Small falcon, very shrike-like in shape, mainly pied and having bold white supercilia and collar, with relatively heavy double-toothed bill, shortish

wings, medium-length tail, strong half-feathered legs, and powerful feet. Perches conspicuously on top or edge of tree or bush, often on dead twig, frequently

bobbing head and slowly moving tail up and down; wing-tips less than half down tail. Sexes are similar

Distribution - Mainland southeast Asia: Himalayan foothills of north India (northern Uttar Pradesh northwest to Kumaun, and Sikkim, Bengal, mainly northern Assam) and of Nepal and Bhutan, and from Burma (central and east, south to Tenasserim), Thailand (northwest and west, but not peninsular, also in strip east of central plains), Laos

(central and south), Cambodia (especially north), and Vietnam

Habitat - Open deciduous forest, clearings and edges in evergreen forest, abandoned hill cultivation with some trees; often near water. Mostly 200–800 m, fairly regularly to 1, 700 m.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Falconiformes
Family
Falconidae
Genus
Microhierax
Species
Microhierax caerulescens

Common names

  • Thai: เหยี่ยวแมลงปอขาแดง, yiew malaeng po khaa daeng

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

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Distribution map of Collared falconet, Microhierax caerulescens in Thailand

Range map of Microhierax caerulescens in Thailand

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Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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