Family Falcons, Caracaras (Falconidae)

Near Threatened

White-fronted Falconet (Microhierax latifrons)


French: Fauconnet de Bornéo German: Weißscheitelfälkchen Spanish: Falconete de Borneo
Other common names: Bornean Falconet

Microhierax latifrons


, 1879,

Lawas River and Lumbidan, Borneo




N Borneo in extreme NE Kalimantan and Sabah#R.

Descriptive notes

14–17 cm; 35–65 g; wingspan 28–31 cm. Typical falconet (albeit marginally the smallest), with glossy blue-black upperparts, shortish tail (although wings... read more


Apparently undescribed, but considered similar to vocalizations of congenerics.


Open forests, edges and clearings, including cultivated areas with scattered trees, from sea-level... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insects, especially dragongflies and also including bees, but also reported pursuing birds (no more specific information). Family... read more


Thought to breed in Mar–Apr, with male feeding fully fledged young in late Jul in Sabah; account of family group in Nov probably... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. Population, which is suspected to be declining, is currently estimated at between 10,000 and 20,... read more

Recommended citation

Clark, W.S. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). White-fronted Falconet (Microhierax latifrons). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 26 February 2020).