Family Drongos (Dicruridae)

Least Concern

Lesser Racquet-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus remifer)


Taxonomy

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

Edolius remifer

Temminck

, 1823,

Java

.

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

    Voice

    Has one of the most extensive repertoires of all drongos. Extremely varied vocalizations include... read more

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60572 on 19 January 2019).