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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)
Past accepted records in our database:
BirdLife International. (2016). Macheiramphus alcinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22695021A93485278.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021
Lim, K. S. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.