1733. Microhierax fringillarius

(1733) Mmicrohierax fringillarius (Drapiez).
The BLACK-LEGGED FALCONET.
Mmicrohierax fringillarius, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v, p. 51.
This Pigmy Falcon is found in the South of Tenasserim through the Malay Peninsula to Sumatra, Java and South-West Borneo.
Davison found this little Falcon breeding near Bankasoon. He writes:—“On the 10th or 11th March, while passing through an old toungah (clearing), I saw a Falconet of the above species fly into a hole in a dry tree ; on sending a man up he reported the hole to he empty.
“On the 25th March, happening to pass this tree, I saw the Falconet fly out and settle on the adjoining tree, where I shot it. I then sent a man up, and while he was examining the hole the other Falconet, which proved to be the female, flew out and settled close by, and I also shot her. On enlarging the hole sufficiently to admit a man’s hand, it was found that there were no eggs, but at the bottom of the hole, which was about 18 inches deep, was a soft pad composed of flies’ and butterflies’ wings, mixed with small pieces of rotten wood. On dissecting the female I found in her a fully- formed hard-shelled egg, but unfortunately broken by the shot. The egg was pure white, without spot or streak of any kind ; the texture was fine and close, and when held up against the light it exhibited a very faint yellowish or greenish tint.”
Beyond the above there is nothing on record about the nidi¬fication of this bird, but Robinson informed me that it has been known to breed in the roofs of houses in the Malay States and that he had seen one such nest containing five eggs in the thatch of a rest-house bungalow.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
Title in Book: 
1733. Microhierax fringillarius
Spp Author: 
Drapiez.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1733
Year: 
1935
Page No: 
36
Common name: 
Black Legged Falconet
M_ID: 
11248
M_CN: 
Black-thighed Falconet
M_SN: 
Microhierax fringillarius
Volume: 
Vol. 4
id: 
14904

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