Black-thighed Falconet – vertebrate and invertebrate preys

on 14th February 2022

Post 1.

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).

Post 2.

On 9th November 2020 I saw an adult Black-thighed Falconet intensely chasing a Rock Pigeon but was not able to follow the chase.

Post 3.

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.

Post 4.


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


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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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