Species Details

@MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);

Black Drongo Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Dicrurus macrocercus
Family : Dicruridae
Order : Passeriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Villages
Description : The Black Drongo is a glossy black bird with a long deeply forked tail. Length 31 cm,weight 45 g, wing 14 cm, bill 2.5 cm, tail 9.5 cm. It is entirely glossy black with a shiny blue-black throat and breas. The tail is long and deeply forked. The black drongo is known for its aggressive behavior towards much larger birds, including crows and birds of prey, and will not hesitate to dive-bomb them if they enter its territory. This protective behavior has earned it the nickname "king crow." Smaller birds often take advantage of the ashy drongo's protective nature by nesting in the vicinity of their nests. Black drongos are early risers, becoming active at dawn, and often roost later than many other bird species. Their diet mainly consists of insects, such as grasshoppers, cicadas, termites, wasps, bees, ants, moths, beetles, and dragonflies. They sometimes fly near tree branches, trying to disturb any insects that may be present. Additionally, they can be found gathering in plowed fields, where they pick up exposed caterpillars and beetle grubs. Black drongos breed mainly in February and March in southern India, and until August in other parts of the country.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Seam Ferdous Emon,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:Sunny Tseng(www.xeno-canto.org/Sunny Tseng), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.