Family Drongos (Dicruridae)

Least Concern

Andaman Drongo (Dicrurus andamanensis)


Taxonomy

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

Dicrurus andamanensis

Beavan

, 1867,

Port Blair, Andaman Islands

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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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    Resident.

    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

    Recommended citation

    Rocamora, G. & Yeatman-Berthelot, D. (2019). Andaman Drongo (Dicrurus andamanensis). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60573 on 23 February 2019).