Black-thighed Falconet eating grasshopper

on 4th September 2008

Jimmy Tan a.k.a. skylark was in Temburong, Brunei one August 2008 morning when he documented a Black-thighed Falconet (Microbierax fringillarius) feasting on a grasshopper.

“These little raptors are usually perched high but do come down low to feed. I saw this particular one catch what looked like a grasshopper and go to this perch to feed. It then proceeded to devour the grasshopper, head first. Then it went on to the legs before the thorax and abdomen. It finished off with each of the wing-roots and leaving the rest of the wings to fall to the ground. Looks like every substantial part of the insect was eaten, leaving very little to waste.”

This falconet hunts mainly arthropods: flying termites, moths, beetles, mantids, carpenter bees, butterflies, dragonflies, cicadas and grasshoppers. Occasionally, it takes small birds like munias and sunbirds.

This post is a cooperative effort between and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

Image by Jimmy Tan.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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