French: Fauconnet noir et blanc German: Elsterfälkchen Spanish: Falconete pío
NE India (Assam, Nagaland and Manipur) E across S China to Zhejiang and S Jiangsu, and S to N Laos and N & C Vietnam.
15–19 cm; 55–75 g; wingspan 33–37 cm. Largest and longest-tailed of Microhierax falconets, with pointed wings and square-ended tail; glossy black... read more
A low chattering, series of shrill peeping whistles, which rise and fall in pitch and volume... read more
Forest edge and open areas of moist deciduous and evergreen forest, often beside rivers and streams... read more
Food and feeding
Preys on large insects, particularly butterflies, dragonflies and grasshoppers; also small to medium-sized birds; reported to take lizards... read more
Laying usually Mar–May; adults seen feeding young in Sept in India. No aerial displays described, although unspecified ‘display... read more
Sedentary, but local and altitudinal movements in response to cold weather suspected in N of range... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Previously considered Near Threatened. Chinese population speculated to be just 100 pairs and entire population perhaps... read more
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