DRONGOs

Order Passeriformes     Family Dicruridae - 1 genus


The drongos are a family of small passerine birds of the Old World tropics. These insectivorous birds are found in usually open forests or bush. Most are black or dark gray 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. They flycatch or take prey from the ground.

The family is usually treated as having two genera, Chaetorhynchus and Dicrurus. Chaetorhynchus has contains just one species and whether or not it belongs to Dicruridae is debatable. Dicrurus contains about 25 specieis.


Genus Dicrurus

Balicassiao   Dicrurus balicassius  Found: Philippines
Image by: 1) John Gerrard Keulemans


Drongo, Andaman  Dicrurus andamanensis  Endemic to the Andaman Islands of the Indian Ocean
Image by: Shashank Jain


Drongo, Ashy  Dicrurus leucophaeus  Found: south and southeast Asia
Image by: 1, 2) J M Garg - Kolkata, West Bengal, India  3, 4) Lip Kee Yap - Sabah, East Malaysia


Drongo, Black also Crow Drongo  Dicrurus macrocercus  Found: Asia

The Black Drongo has black plumage; forked tail. See also Southern Black Flycatcher for a similar named species.
Similar to: Bronzed Drongo. Bronzed Drongo slightly smaller than Black Drongo and also has more of a gloss.
Similar to: Hair-crested Drongo. Black Drongo has forked tail; Hair-crested Drongo tail curls at the tip.
Image by: 1, 2) Ravi Vaidyanathan  3) Arthur Chapman 


Drongo, Bronzed  PHD White   Dicrurus aeneus  Found: Asia 
The Bronzed Drongo has dark plumage; glossy black upperparts; lighter underparts; head velvety black.
Similar to: Black Drongo. Bronzed Drongo slightly smaller than Black Drongo and also has more of a gloss.
Image by: 1, 2, 3) J M Garg - Kolkata, West Bengal, India


Drongo, Crested  Dicrurus forficatus  Found: Comoros, Madagascar
The Crested Drongo has black plumage; black crest; forked tail.
Image by: 1) Frank Vassen - Madagascar  2) Jialiang Gao - Madagascar  3, 4, 5) Dick Daniels - Madagascar



Drongo, Crow-billed  Dicrurus annectans  Found: southeast Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines
Image by: 1, 2) Lip Kee - India


Drongo, Fork-tailed also Common Drongo  Dicrurus adsimilis   Found: Africa 
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - Kenya  2) Arno Meintjes   3) Lip Kee Yap in alsogera National Park, Rwanda   4, 5) Dick Daniels - Kruger National Park, South Africa  6) Sandy Cole - Kruger
1) Juvenile



Drongo, Greater Racket-tailed  Dicrurus paradiseus  Found: Asia
Image by: 1) Nimesh Nadhavan  2) Johnny Wee  3) Lip Kee Yap - Pierce Reservoir, Singapore


Drongo, Hair-crested  Dicrurus hottentottus Found:  Asia
The Hair Drongo has black plumage with a greenish tinge in spots; tail not forked but curls at the tips. There can be hair-like tufts on the head.
Similar to: Black Drongo. Black Drongo has forked tail; Hair-crested Drongo tail curls at the tip.
Image by: 1) Frankie Chu   2, 3) Ron Knight  4) Dougjj - Singapore


Drongo, Lesser Racket-tailed  Dicrurus remifer  Found: southeast Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia
Image by: 1) Francesco Veronesi - Malaysia  2) Melvin Yap


Drongo, Mayotte  Dicrurus waldenii  Found: Mayotte (island north of Madagascar
Image by: 1) John Gerrard Keulemans  2) Roger Le Guen


Drongo, Ribbon-tailed  also   Paradise Drongo Dicrurus megarhynchus Found: New Guinea
Image by: 1. 2) Greg Miles


Drongo, Spangled  Dicrurus bracteatus  Found: Australia
Image by: 1) David Cook - Far North Queensland, Australia    2) Lepidlizard  3) Glen Fergus  4) MidgleyDJ


Drongo, Square-tailed  Dicrurus ludwigii  Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels near Kruger National Park, South Africa  2) Alan Manson
   See also Southern Black Flycatcher for a similar looking species.


Drongo, Sri Lanka  Dicrurus lophorinus  Found: Sri Lanka
Image by: 1) Niroshan Jayawardena


Drongo, Sulawesi  Dicrurus montanus Found: Sulawesi (Indonesia)
Image by: 1) Francesco Veronesi


Drongo, Velvet-mantled  Dicrurus modestus  Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Francesco Veronesi - Ghana  2) Lip Kee - Rwanda


Drongo, Wallacean  Dicrurus densus Found: Indonesia
Image by: 1) Ron Knight - West Timor  2) Jay Ramji


Drongo, White-bellied  Dicrurus caerulescens  Found: south Asia
Image by: 1) Hafiz Issadeen  2) Thimindu - Colombo, Sri Lanka   3) J M Garg - Sindhrot - Vadodara District of Gujarat, Indi





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