Microhierax – Typical falconets

A small package which packs a big punch

Microhierax is a genus of falconry birds. They are the smallest members of the Falconiformes family, measuring around 15 cm (6 in) in length and 35 g (1.2 oz) in weight. They are located throughout Southeast Asia. The Black-thighed Falconet, which is pretty common, and the White-fronted Falconet, which lives on the island of Borneo, are the genus’ tiniest members.

Members from this genus are usually non-migratory and mostly hunt small insects, lizards, birds, and small mammals. Even after being so small, these birds are voracious predators and actively predate on almost any small organism they can handle.