Collared falconet

Microhierax caerulescens

The collared falconet is a species of bird of prey in the Falconidae family.

It is found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, ranging across Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam.
Its natural habitat is temperate forests, often on the edges of broadleaf forest.

It is 18 cm long. Rapid wingbeats are interspersed with long glides. When perched, "rather shrikelike."
Collared falconet Smallest raptor.Initially when i noticed it,i thought it was a redstart.
My favorite raptor. Collared falconet,Geotagged,India,Microhierax caerulescens,Winter

Appearance

The collared falconet is a very small falcon, shrike-like in shape, mainly pied and having bold white supercilia and collar, with relatively heavy double-toothed bill. It has shortish wings, a medium-length tail, strong half-feathered legs, and powerful feet. It perches conspicuously on top or edge of tree or bush, often on dead twig, frequently bobbing head and slowly moving tail up and down; wing-tips less than half down tail. Sexes are similar.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderFalconiformes
FamilyFalconidae
GenusMicrohierax
SpeciesM. caerulescens
Photographed in
India