Scientific Name: Macheiramphus alcinus
Malay Name: Helang Malam
Chinese Name: 食蝠鸢
Range: Found from tropical Africa and discontinuously to the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi and New Guinea
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: anderssoni, alcinus, papuanus.
Local Subspecies: alcinus
Size: 46 cm
Identification: 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 visitor
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Featured reports: Dec 2022
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