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Native Animals

Microhierax latifrons

White-fronted Falconet
NT
Near Threatened
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
ver 3.1, 2021
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SSN 21942
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Taxonomy

The taxonomic status is pending for approval

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Description

The white-fronted falconet or the Bornean falconet, Microhierax latifrons is a species of predatory birds, belonging to the family Falconidae. This species is native to Malaysia and is the smallest falcons in the world.

The adult male Bornean falconet has a white forehead and crown.  The underparts are white with chestnut colour on the belly and black mottlings in the wing coverts. The rest of the upperparts are a glossy blue-black and the eyes are brown, while the cere and feet are black. The female can be differentiated from the male by having a chestnut forehead and crown. The Bornean falconet diet consists of flying insects such as dragonflies, butterflies, and beetles and also small birds.

It is restricted and endemic to Sabah, Malaysia where the overall population size is moderately small. It can be found in forest-edge habitats and cultivation with scattered trees up to 1200 m. Although this species is probably tolerant to the secondary growth and higher elevations, forest destruction is a major threat to this species and its population trend is decreasing. The Bornean falconet is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List. 

Assessment

Year Published Assessment Red List Category Version
2021 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Near Threatened (NT)
3.1
2017 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Near Threatened (NT)
3.1
2016 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Near Threatened (NT)
N/A
2012 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Near Threatened (NT)
3.1
2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Near Threatened (NT)
N/A
2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Near Threatened (NT)
N/A
2000 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Near Threatened (NT)
N/A
1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Near Threatened (NT)
N/A
1988 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Near Threatened (NT)
N/A

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Abdul Rahman (Mr.)
Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN)
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Azmi Mat Ali (Mr.)
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Farah Shafawati Mohd Taib (Dr.)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
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University of Malaya (UM)
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Rosli Ramli (Assoc. Prof. Dr.)
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References

Book
  1. Common Birds of Malaysia: A Pocket Field Guide Book. Pertubuhan Kelestarian Ekosistem Alam (NEST), Malaysia. pp. 104.
  2. Malaysian Naturalist, Volume 74, Issue/No. 4, 2021. Malaysian Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. pp. 311.
  3. MNS Bird Conservation Council. 2015. A Checklist of the Birds of Malaysia Second Edition. Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Nature Society - Bird Conservation Council, Malaysia. pp. 60.
  4. The Network of Protected Forests in Telupid, Sabah: Biodiversity & Conservation in the Heart of Borneo, 2014. Sabah Forestry Department, Sabah, Malaysia. pp. 155.
  5. Ainsworth, G. & Steven, Garnett (2009). RIMBA: Sustainable Forest Livelihoods in Malaysia and Australia. Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia. pp. 163.
  6. Francis, C.M. (1998). A Pocket Guide To The Birds of Borneo, Third Edition. The Sabah Society, Malaysia.
  7. Hazebroek, H.P., Adlin, T.Z. & Sinun, W. (2011). Danum Valley: The Rain Forest. Natural History Publications (Borneo), Malaysia. pp. 615.
  8. Jeyarajasingam, A., Norhayati, A., Yasser, M.A. & Ilias, R. (2016). Burung-burung Malaysia : Malaysia Biodiversity Information System (MyBIS). Penerbit UKM, Bangi, Malaysia. pp. 165. — [ Adobe PDF (PDF) ] — [ | eBook (EPUB) ]
  9. Myers, S. (2009). A Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo. Simon Papps, Singapore. pp. 272.

Acknowledgements :- Mr. Ahmad Amir Firdaus Bin Mad Apandi, Ms. Aida Salihah Binti Abu Bakar, Ms. Ajla Rafidah Baharom, Mrs. Aziemah Binti Kinan, Ms. Fatin Qurratul 'ain Binti Saberam, Ms. Norayuni Binti Ramlee, Mrs. Nur Hazwanie Binti Abd Halim, Ms. Nursyafiqa Madzlen, Mr. Tan Kok Kiat & Mr. Yasser Mohamed Arifin

Photo credit :- Ambo Sakka Mappeasse

Species Citation :- Microhierax latifrons. Malaysia Biodiversity Information System (MyBIS). Accessed via https://www.mybis.gov.my/sp/21942. [Retrieved 18 April 2024].

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