Species Details

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Greater Racquet‑tailed Drongo Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Dicrurus paradiseus
Family : Dicruridae
Order : Passeriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Ceylon Crested Drongo, Racket-tailed Drongo, Large Racket-tailedDrongo
Habitat : Evergreen forest
Description : Greater Racquet‑tailed Drongo is a sleek,black bird with a large crest and two very long wire like tail feathers.It looks entirely metallic shiny black along with a prominent crest on its forehead.It has brown to reddsih-brown irises,a black bill,legs and feet.Both sexes look alike and the juvenile looks less metallic with white fringes to its underparts and a reduced crest and tail. Like other drongos, these feed mainly on insects but also eat fruit and visit flowering trees for nectar. Having short legs, they sit upright and are often perched on high and exposed branches. They are aggressive and will sometimes mob larger birds especially when nesting. They are often active at dusk.
The greater racket-tailed drongo is a year-round resident in its range, and typically breeds between April and August in India. During courtship, they may perform acrobatic hops and turns on branches, and engage in playful behavior such as dropping and catching objects mid-air. The drongos build cup-shaped nests in the forks of trees, particularly those with smooth trunks and isolated canopies. In some cases, they may even smooth the tree trunk by removing bits of bark. The usual clutch size is three to four eggs, which are creamy white with reddish-brown blotches that are more concentrated at the broad end.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Hajbun Tasnim Preety,Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Bram Piot(www.xeno-canto.org/Bram Piot), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.