February 23, 2016 - Collared Falconet (Microhierax caerulescens)
Found in deciduous and evergreen forests of the Himalayas and Southeast Asia, these small falcons are five to seven inches (14-18 cm) long. They mostly eat large insects, including butterflies and moths, and possibly some small birds. Their hunting behavior is similar to shrikes and flycatchers, as they catch their prey in short flights from a perch. Nesting in tree cavities made by woodpeckers or barbets, females probably do most of the incubation. Pairs aggressively defend their nests.