Friday, August 31, 2018

A Raptor that Eats Butterflies

 Pied Falconet Family - Kant Liang

Members of the genus Microhierax are the smallest of falcons. (spanwidth min.: 35 cm  spanwidth max.: 37 cm  size min.: 18 cm
size max.: 20 cm)  Their wings are pointed, the tail rounded and of medium length. The bill tends to be heavy with a well-developed tooth. Considering the size of the birds, they have very heavy feet and sharp, well curved talons. They are mostly boldly patterned and are often glossy black on the back. Immatures are not very different. The genus is closely related to the other falconets Polihierax and Spiziapteryx. There are five species distributed from India to the Philippines.  (source)

Pied Falconet

Jan Dolphijn Sep 11, 2011 IBC Vicky Cheng 1 min. 17 sec.

Pied Falconet w Butterfly - Michelle and Peter Wong 
 Pied Falconet (Microhierax melanoleucos) photo - Rick Chan

Pied Falconet - Khalid Sharif 
 Pied Falconet with Oriental Magpie-Robin   photo uncredited (from Pinterest)

Pied Falconets - Roger Theo Timmermann

For more information on the Pied Falconet, go HERE

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