Dicruridae – Drongos

Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus) by TAJA

Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus) by TAJA

Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. (Genesis 2:19 NKJV)


CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Dicruridae – Drongos


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Species (25)

Square-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus ludwigii)
Shining Drongo (Dicrurus atripennis)
Fork-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis)
Velvet-mantled Drongo (Dicrurus modestus)
Grand Comoro Drongo (Dicrurus fuscipennis)
Aldabra Drongo (Dicrurus aldabranus)
Crested Drongo (Dicrurus forficatus)
Mayotte Drongo (Dicrurus waldenii)
Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)
Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus)
White-bellied Drongo (Dicrurus caerulescens)
Crow-billed Drongo (Dicrurus annectens)
Bronzed Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus)
Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus remifer)
Balicassiao (Dicrurus balicassius)
Hair-crested Drongo (Dicrurus hottentottus)
Tablas Drongo (Dicrurus menagei)
Sumatran Drongo (Dicrurus sumatranus)
Wallacean Drongo (Dicrurus densus)
Sulawesi Drongo (Dicrurus montanus)
Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus)
Paradise Drongo (Dicrurus megarhynchus)
Andaman Drongo (Dicrurus andamanensis)
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)
Sri Lanka Drongo (Dicrurus lophorinus)

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The drongos are a family of small passerine birds of the Old World tropics, the Dicruridae. This family was sometimes much enlarged to include a number of largely Australasian groups, such as the Australasian fantails, monarchs and paradise flycatchers. The name is originally from the indigenous language of Madagascar, where it refers to local species, but is now used to refer to all members of the family. The family is usually treated as having two genera, Chaetorhynchus and Dicrurus. The genus Chaetorhynchus contains a single species, the New Guinea endemic Pygmy Drongo.

These insectivorous birds are found in usually open forests or bush. Most are black or dark grey in colour, sometimes with metallic tints. They have long forked tails, and some Asian species have elaborate tail decorations. They have short legs and sit very upright whilst perched, like a shrike. Racket-tailed Drongos are the mimicry artists among birds. They can mimic the sound of other birds and some animals. They flycatch or take prey from the ground. (Wikipedia)

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