Falconets


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Falconets

 

(Microhierax), a genus of birds of the familyFalconidae. The body is 18– cm long. The beak is strong andhas two teeth on the culmen. The wings are relatively long butblunted, and the claws are disproportionately large. There arefive species. Falconets are found in an area stretching fromnorthern India and southeastern China to the Philippines. Theylive on the edge of forests or in cut areas. The prey of the falconetincludes large beetles, butterflies, dragonflies, and small birds, which it spots while sitting on isolated dead trees. They swallowsmall prey on the wing. The falconet nests in hollows and layswhite eggs.

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It was the heavy cavalry who won the day in medieval battles, but by the time of the Italian Wars in the early decades of the 1500s, victory more often depended on skilled infantrymen, combining pikemen (equipped with pikes and other weapons such as halberds, half-pikes, swords, and bucklers) and shooters (equipped with arquebuses and falconets, or small cannon), and sometimes accompanied by light horsemen (Giovanni himself preferred Albanian stradioti mounted on small Turkish horses for his light cavalry).