Drongo

Drongos are a birds with quite a few distinctive features. Most notably are the Racquet-tailed species with the long streamers extending out from their fairly long tail. Other Drongos which are without streamers have the tail -forked. Next, these are birds with loud calls and in metallic tone. When they are around, you just cannot miss their presence, the loud calls in unique tones are repeated in close frequencies. Lastly, another general feature of these birds, is their glossy dark blue colored feathers.

Drongos are insect-eating birds. Most Drongos are found in the deep forest but the Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo do reach out at the forest edge with human traffic. The migrating Ashy Drongo sometimes do spend time in open field. Their legs are short and when perched maintains an upright position. whilst perched. They too remain in the same perch for long time, behaving like Shrikes. Most of the time their prey are in trees away from the ground. But I have posted one picture to show that they do hunt on the ground.

I have seen the Greater-racquet-tailed Drongo as an aggressive bird, individually or in group driving away larger bird like the House Crow. the same bird having a large repertoire also mimics calls.

There are 24 species of Drongos found in the world, of which there are 8 species in South-east Asia..

Narrowing down the field, the 7 Drongos found in Malaysia are:-

 

  1. Ashy Drongo  
       
 

2. Black Drongo

 
       
  3. Bronzed Drongo

 

 
       
  4. Crow-billed Drongo  
       
  5. Hair-crested Drongo  
       
  6. Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo  
       
 

7. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

 
       

 

The group of birds listed in the family of Drongo are interesting. Their shinning dark colors and loud calls in metallic sounds. Beside that, these are large birds, easy to spot and not easily frightened off. many a times, I have seen Drongo, which is the largest bird in the pack led in bird waves.

They would move about is an ostentatious manner attracting attention while keeping a watchful eyes on the human near-by. Whatever their actions were or intentions, their presence certainly did made me very thankful to have brought along the activities which I had waited for hours. Both the Greater Racquet-tailed and the Lesser Racquet-tailed appeared as team leaders of bird wave. perched for an extended time and making themselves very obvious while the Fantails and smaller birds were doing their rounds of chasing out the hidden insects.

 

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