French: Drongo à rames German: Spateldrongo Spanish: Drongo de raquetas chico
Subspecies and Distribution
D. r. tectirostris
(Hodgson, 1836) – #R#Rlower Himalayas from N India (Uttarakhand) E to Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram, NE Bangladesh, S China (SE Xizang, W & S Yunnan and SW Guangxi), Myanmar (except extreme S), N Thailand, N Laos and N Vietnam (S to Huê).
D. r. peracensis
(E. C. S. Baker, 1918) – S Myanmar (Tenasserim) and SW & S Thailand S to N Peninsular Malaysia (S Selangor and S Pahang), S Laos and S Vietnam (S to S Annam).
D. r. lefoli
(Delacour & Jabouille, 1928) – mountains of S Cambodia (Cardamom and Elephant Ranges).
D. r. remifer
(Temminck, 1823) – Sumatra (Barisan Range and Batak Highlands) and W Java.
25–27·5 cm, excluding outermost tail feathers (c. 30–40 cm to end of tail); five males 39–49 g, 5 females 35·5–44 g (peracensis... read more
Has one of the most extensive repertoires of all drongos. Extremely varied vocalizations include... read more
Humid broadleaf evergreen and deciduous forest; frequents shaded edge of openings, fire-lines,... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insectivorous; beetles (Coleoptera), Lepidoptera, alate termites (Isoptera) and other winged insects recorded in diet, as also are... read more
Season mainly May, also Apr and Jun. Nest built by both sexes, a small shallow cup made of fine roots or other vegetable fibres and pliable... read more
Mainly resident; local post-breeding descent from higher elevations in Himalayas. Breeding summer... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in Indian Subcontinent; in Myanmar, widespread in suitable forest in N & E, rare in S, confined to bamboo in higher Karen areas... read more
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