Philippine falconet

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Philippine falconet
Philippine Falconet - Microhierax erythrogenys.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae
Genus: Microhierax
M. erythrogenys
Binomial name
Microhierax erythrogenys
(Vigors, 1831)
Microhierax erythrogenys distribution map.svg

The Philippine falconet (Microhierax erythrogenys) is a species of bird of prey in the family Falconidae. It is endemic to the Philippines. It is fairly common on Luzon, Mindanao, Mindoro and Visayas but is absent elsewhere.


Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, both primary and secondary. Seen singly or in pairs, it perches on prominent branches on old dead trees from which it hawks for flying insects. It nests in old woodpecker holes.


The upperparts, flanks and thighs are a glossy blue-black, the underparts white and the beak and feet black. The call is a noisy `kek-kek-kek-kek` while diving for prey. It is about 15 cm in length.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Microhierax erythrogenys". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.