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Jul 14, 2017

World's smallest raptors

    Photo: Mei Yongcun/Barcroft Images


Michrohierax melanoleucus
'A predator that fits in the small of your hand'
The Pied Falconet is one of six falconets that are native to southeast Asia, and this falconet is 6-7" (16-18 cm.) long.   The Pied Falconet eats insects and small birds, some of which are larger than the falconet, itself.   It is considered the smallest of carnivorous birds of prey.   It also takes small mammals and reptiles.   Insects and birds (some as large as a thrush) are taken both on the ground in flight.
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