Black-thighed fal­conet

The small­est rap­tor

World of Animals - - Remarkable Raptors -

Size isn’t ev­ery­thing, as proved by this pint-sized rap­tor

While many raptors are im­pres­sively large, oth­ers are adorably tiny. The black-thighed fal­conet’s diminu­tive di­men­sions make it the small­est bird of prey at a mere 17 cen­time­tres (6.7 inches) in length.

It might be cute, but looks can be de­ceiv­ing. The black-thighed fal­conet’s hunt­ing skills make it a fright­en­ing prospect for the in­sects, lizards and birds it feeds on. Un­like most birds of prey, fal­conets hunt in groups, scour­ing forests, rivers and hu­man-in­hab­ited ar­eas for smaller crea­tures to snack on.

The fal­conet’s small size means it’s able to take ad­van­tage of ready-made nest holes – these raptors fre­quently roost in holes pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by bar­bets or wood­peck­ers, lay­ing and in­cu­bat­ing small clutches of eggs in­side them.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.