Family Drongos (Dicruridae)

Least Concern

Lesser Racquet-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus remifer)


French: Drongo à rames German: Spateldrongo Spanish: Drongo de raquetas chico

Edolius remifer


, 1823,



In past, sometimes separated in monospecific Bhringa, characterized by morphology of outer pair of tail feathers. Races intergrade wherever they come into contact: peracensis with tectirostris in W Thailand (Ban Rahaeng region), Vietnam (C Annam) and S Laos (Bolovens Plateau), and with lefoli on Thailand–Cambodia border. Four subspecies recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Rocamora, G. & Yeatman-Berthelot, D. (2019). Lesser Racquet-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus remifer). 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 January 2019).