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
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 (BirdLife International 2016)
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.
BirdLife International. (2016). Microhierax fringillarius. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
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.