June 22, 2016 – Pied Falconet (Microhierax melanoleucos)

These tiny falcons are found in South and Southeast Asia, including northeastern India, southern China, Laos, and Vietnam. They eat large insects, such as butterflies, dragonflies, and grasshoppers, along with some small vertebrates like birds and reptiles. Nesting in holes created by woodpeckers or barbets and lined with insect remains, they probably lay three or four eggs. Though their global population is estimated at only between 1,000 and 10,000 individuals, they are classified as of Least Concern because their population seems to be stable.

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