Collared Falconet

Microhierax careulescens  in हिंदी
Scientific Name:  Microhierax careulescens

Name:  Collared Falconet

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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.

Size in cm:

18-18 cm

Size in Inch

7-7 Inch

Primary color:


Secondary color:

orange   (Bird may have more colors)


Habit and habited:

Open deciduous forest, clearings and edges in evergreen forest, abandoned hill cultivation with some trees; often near water. Mostly 200–800 m, fairly regularly to 1,700 m


A high kli-kli-kli or killi-killi-killi

Bird Type:

Birds of Prey

The collared falconet (Microhierax caerulescens) 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."

Distribution Map

  •     Resident (inc. local and altitudinal migrants)
  •     Former range (no recent records but may still survive)
  •     Summer visitor (including summer monsoon)
  •     Winter visitor
  •     Passage (autumn and/or spring) visitor
  •     known to be occasional, scarce or erratic
  •     Small isolated population (actual range smaller)  
  •     Isolated record(s) - one or more in the same area  
  •  colour coded for seasonality as per coloured ranges, black denotes unspecified season

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