Scientific Name: Microhierax fringillarius
Malay Name: Rajawali-Belalang Melayu
Chinese Name: 黑腿小隼
Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to the Greater Sundas
Size: 15-17 cm
Identification: Adult has blackish crown, ear-covert patch, nape and upperparts, whitish forehead, narrow down-curving supercilium, throat and upper-breast and chestnut rest of underparts. Juvenile resembles adult but has pale chestnut supercilium
Habitat: Forest, forest edge and suitable wooded areas.
Behaviour/Ecology: Frequently darts out rapidly from a perch to capture flying insects. Will also attack small birds.
Local Status: Very rare non-breeding visitor
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Last two confirmed sightings were at Malcolm Park/Goldhill Ave on 30 May 2021 and National Equestrian Centre on 9 July 2021.
Previous confirmed sightings were an immature at Jalan Ulu Sembawang (11 Oct 1979, 2 Oct 1983, 1 Dec 1983 and 12 Apr 1986) and an adult at Central Catchment Forest on 7 Oct 1990. The two recent records at Bukit Batok Nature Park on 23 Oct and 27 Nov 2005 could not be ascertained.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore
Lim Kim Seng (2009) The Avifauna of Singapore