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Photo by HongKongPixelsMainland, China, July, 2012
Photo by HongKongPixels
Mainland, China, July, 2012
Microhierax melanoleucos


[edit] Identification

  • Glossy black
  • Thin white line across the base of the cere, over the eyes and down to the breast
  • White spots on inner wing
  • Brown eyes, cere
  • Feet brownish/black

[edit] Distribution

Asia: found in the forests of north-eastern India to southern China and northern Indochina

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat


Photo by Mark HarperXiaoqi, Jiangxi, China, May 2012
Photo by Mark Harper
Xiaoqi, Jiangxi, China, May 2012

[edit] Behaviour

These birds are often seen in pairs or groups of up to 5.

[edit] Diet

Diet includes insects, small mammals, reptiles and small birds.

[edit] Breeding

Nests are made in holes of dead trees and can be used for more than a year. The clutch consists of 3-4 white eggs which are laid in March. The young fledge in mid May.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  2. Planet of Birds
  3. Avianweb

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