Black-thighed Falconet



Conservation status: LEAST CONCERN
Common name: Black-thighed falconet
Scientific name: Microhierax fringillarius
Type: Bird
Diet:  insects, occasional small birds, and lizards
Length: 14 -16 cm
Weight: n/a

Description: 16 cm (6 in). Tiny size with small hooked dark greyish bill, blackish underparts, broad blackish patch on ear coverts separated from mantle by narrow white stripe which is joined to narrow down-curving supercilium diagnostic. Underparts white with rufous undertail coverts and inner thighs as well as buff suffusion on lower breast and flanks. Outer thighs blackish. Juvenile: Like adult but forehead, supercilium and cheek patch rufous. Voice: A shrill, high-pitched kli-kli-kli-kli in flight. Range: Tenasserim (Myanmar) and the Malay Peninsula to the Greater Sundas. Status and distribution: Locally common resident from low elevations up to 2031m on Gunung Batu Brinchang, Cameron Highlands (Pahang), south to Singapore, where it is currently a rare non-breeding dispersant. Habitat: Forests, the forest edge, plantations, sparsely wooded open country, wooded gardens. Habits: Usually in pairs. Sometimes in small groups of up to five, huddled together on bare branches of dead trees. Frequently darts out rapidly from a perch to capture flying insects. Will also attack small birds.


  1. A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore by Allen Jeyarajasingam Illustrated by Alan Pearson.
  2.  BirdLife International (2012). “Microhierax fringillarius“. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
  3. Raptors of the World by Ferguson-Lees, Christie, Franklin, Mead & Burton. Houghton Mifflin (2001)

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