Observed a family unit of three Black-thighed Falconet (Microhierax fringillarius) in the early morning preening with intermittent aerial sallies to catch prey. The birds were back-lit which made images challenging. All three looked to have adult plumage but by behaviour one bird appeared younger (Post 1 and 4). The prey taken in Post 4 is a False Tiger Moth, either the Dysphania militaris or Dysphania subrepleta (both very similar).
On 9th November 2020 I saw an adult Black-thighed Falconet intensely chasing a Rock Pigeon but was not able to follow the chase.
In the past I have seen them pursuing and attacking other large birds like Pink-necked Green Pigeons [3 episodes observed], Black-naped Oriole [1 episode observed] and Spotted Dove [1 episode observed]. No kills observed. Setiyono et al (2014) have reported a Black-thighed Falconet feeding on a Black-capped Babbler.
Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Broken primary forest with secondary growth
Date: 26th October 2020
Equipment: Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone