Family Drongos (Dicruridae)

Near Threatened

Aldabra Drongo (Dicrurus aldabranus)


French: Drongo d’Aldabra German: Aldabradrongo Spanish: Drongo de Aldabra

Buchanga aldabrana


, 1893,

Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles


DNA studies#R indicate that this species’ closest relative is D. forficatus, its likely origin following colonization of Aldabra less than 125,000 years ago (after the atoll’s last submersion). Monotypic.


Aldabra Atoll, in SW Seychelles.

Descriptive notes

23 cm; 40–53 g. Plumage is entirely deep lustrous black with dark dull greenish-blue gloss, duller on flight-feathers and tail; long frontal feathers curving forwards... read more


Very vocal and noisy, with very varied repertoire of calls and short phrases combining nasal and... read more


Present in the three main wooded habitats on Aldabra atoll (maximum elevation 17 m), i.e. dense... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insects, also small vertebrates such as geckos (Gekkonidae) and lizards. Insects include beetles (of families Curculionidae,... read more


Recorded mid-Sept to Nov (first nests built) and Mar–May (last fledglings), depending on year; brood-feeding coinciding with main... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted range species: present in Aldabra EBA. Nowhere abundant, and very uncommon in open mixed scrub at E... read more

Recommended citation

Rocamora, G. & Yeatman-Berthelot, D. (2019). Aldabra Drongo (Dicrurus aldabranus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 21 May 2019).