French: Drongo brillant German: Trauerdrongo Spanish: Drongo ahorquillado
Duiwenhok River, southern Cape, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
D. a. divaricatus
(M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823) – SW Mauritania, Senegambia and Guinea E in savanna belt to N Cameroon, S Chad, S Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, S to Central African Republic, N DRCongo, N Uganda and N Kenya.
D. a. apivorus
Clancey, 1976 – SE Gabon and adjacent Congo, WC & S DRCongo, Angola, N & W Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and N South Africa (N Northern Cape E to N Limpopo).
D. a. fugax
W. K. H. Peters, 1868 – Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania (including Zanzibar) S to E Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, E Botswana, NE South Africa (E Limpopo S to NE KwaZulu-Natal) and E Swaziland.
D. a. adsimilis
(Bechstein, 1794) – W Swaziland, Lesotho lowlands, and E & S South Africa (S Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal S to SW Western Cape).
23–26 cm; 34–48 g (divaricatus), 48–53 g (nominate). Nominate race is almost entirely black, glossed blue-green on head, upperparts, breast and... read more
Very vocal; often the first bird to sing at dawn and last to be heard at dusk. Pre-dawn calls... read more
All types of wooded habitats except dense forest, mainly from sea-level to low hills, including... read more
Food and feeding
Food mostly large insects, including moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), cicadas (... read more
Season roughly Mar–Sept N of equator and Sept–Jan S of it; Apr–Jul in W Africa, Nov–Jun (mainly Feb–Apr) in... read more
Resident; possibly some short-distance movements in S.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common to abundant and widespread in all kinds of open woodland habitats; one of the commonest birds of African savanna.... read more
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