French: Drongo royal German: Königsdrongo Spanish: Drongo real
Madras City [Chennai], Tamil Nadu, India
Subspecies and Distribution
D. m. albirictus
(Hodgson, 1836) – Himalayas from E Afghanistan and N & E Pakistan E to W & extreme N Myanmar and S China (SE Xizang), S to SE Pakistan (E from Indus Valley) and across C India (S to Gujarat, N Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal); formerly SE Iran; non-breeding also S to S India, C & S Myanmar and N Thailand.
D. m. macrocercus
Vieillot, 1817 – SE Pakistan and peninsular India S from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal.
D. m. minor
Blyth, 1850 – N & NW Sri Lanka (S, in W, to Puttalam), including Mannar I.
D. m. cathoecus
Swinhoe, 1871 – C, E & S China (E from Qinghai, S from Jilin; including Hainan), Myanmar (except W & N), N Thailand and N Indochina; non-breeding S to SW & S Myanmar, S Malay Peninsula (Singapore) and S Indochina.
D. m. thai
Kloss, 1921 – S Myanmar (Tenasserim), C & E Thailand, probably E Cambodia, and S Indochina.
D. m. harterti
E. C. S. Baker, 1918 – Taiwan.
D. m. javanus
Kloss, 1921 – Java and Bali.
c. 30–31 cm (nominate), 27–28·5 cm (thai), average male 27·9 cm and female 26·9 cm (harterti), c. 26 cm (minor);... read more
Powerful and harsh vocalizations. Particularly noisy at start of breeding season, mainly during two... read more
Mostly open country and farmland with scattered trees; very common also in villages and suburbs,... read more
Food and feeding
Food predominantly insects (often agricultural pests), including locusts, grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera), beetles (Coleoptera),... read more
Season Mar–Jun in Pakistan, Mar–Aug (principally mid-Apr to end Jun, sometimes second brood Jul–Aug) in India, and Mar... read more
N populations migratory or partly migratory. Those in NW of range (race albirictus) winter... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common throughout range in Indian Subcontinent; race albirictus formerly occurred also in SE Iran. Common resident and... read more
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