Family Drongos (Dicruridae)

Least Concern

Bronzed Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus)


French: Drongo bronzé German: Bronzedrongo Spanish: Drongo bronceado

Dicrurus œneus

[sic] Vieillot

, 1817,



Formerly placed in monospecific Chaptia. Clear trend of decreasing size from N to S. Nominate race intergrades with malayensis in C Peninsular Malaysia (Pahang and N Selangor). Original spelling “oeneus” is emended to “aeneus” based on internal evidence#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. a. aeneus Vieillot, 1817 – Indian Subcontinent (Himalayan foothills E from Uttarakhand, S through hills of Bangladesh to Eastern Ghats, and Western Ghats S from R Tapti), SE Asia (S to C Peninsular Malaysia), and S China (SE Xizang, W & SW Yunnan, S Guangxi, Hainan).
  • D. a. braunianus (Swinhoe, 1863) – interior mountains of Taiwan.
  • D. a. malayensis (Blyth, 1846) – C Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.
  • Descriptive notes

    22–24 cm; 22–30 g. A small drongo with glossy plumage, well-forked tail, and very depressed and flattened bill; feathers of crown, hindneck and upper breast long... read more


    Noisy and demonstrative during breeding season, less so otherwise; reported as singing on moonlit... read more


    Occupies all kinds of forest or wooded habitats (except sometimes the deepest and wettest):... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly insectivorous; prey include flies (Diptera), Hymenoptera and Lepido­ptera. Reported as consuming flower nectar. Hunts in canopy... read more


    Season mainly Apr–May, but also in Feb in SW India (Kerala), Mar in Nepal and to Jun in N India (Sikkim). Nest built by both parents... read more


    Resident; in highest parts of range, e.g. in Nepal, generally makes post-breeding descent to lower... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common and widespread in most of range. Fairly common in Himalayan area; common in Western Ghats, and locally common in Bangladesh; the most common... read more

    Recommended citation

    Rocamora, G. & Yeatman-Berthelot, D. (2019). Bronzed Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus). 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 19 May 2019).