Family Drongos (Dicruridae)

Least Concern

Andaman Drongo (Dicrurus andamanensis)


French: Drongo des Andaman German: Andamanendrongo Spanish: Drongo de las Andamán

Dicrurus andamanensis


, 1867,

Port Blair, Andaman Islands


In past, sometimes placed in Dissemuroides. Shows apparent cline of decreasing size from N to S, with birds of intermediate size on Middle Andaman. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. a. dicruriformis (A. O. Hume, 1873) – Great Coco I, Table I and N Andamans.
  • D. a. andamanensis Beavan, 1867 – all main islands of S Andamans.
  • Descriptive notes

    28–29 cm (nominate), c. 35 cm (dicruriformis). Distinctive glossy drongo with deeply forked long tail, large black bill with sharply hooked upper mandible, at... read more


    Song a uniform series of repeated strophes of loud, jangling, syncopated groups of notes, first... read more


    Evergreen and broadleaf tropical moist lowland forests and edges; open forest and scrub-jungle. In... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly winged insects, including ants (Formicidae). Prey caught mostly by aerial hawking. Frequently perches head upwards on vertical trunk... read more


    Nests found from early Apr to mid-May. Nest a shallow cup or cradle composed of fine dry twigs firmly woven together, scantily lined with... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). ­Restricted-range species: present in Andaman Islands EBA. Common. Although this species' habitat is relatively intact and it... read more