Scientific Name: Macheiramphus alcinus
Malay Name: Helang Malam
Chinese Name: 食蝠鸢
Found from tropical Africa and discontinuously to the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi and New Guinea
Polytypic. Subspecies are: anderssoni, alcinus, papuanus.
Local Subspecies: alcinus
Size: 46 cm
A falcon-like bird with yellowish eyes, overall blackish-brown plumage with contrasting whitish throat and center of upper breast and pale legs.
Habitat: Open areas in or near forest and vicinity of bat caves.
Behaviour/Ecology: Crepuscular. Diet comprises mainly bats.
Local Status: Very rare non-breeding visitor
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Only two confirmed record: a specimen collected at Pulau Senang on May 1951 and a bird photographed at the Central Catchment Forest on Feb 2009.
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Lim, K. S., Chia, A., Yong, D. L., & Chew, J. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.