Family Drongos (Dicruridae)


Mayotte Drongo (Dicrurus waldenii)


French: Drongo de Mayotte German: Mayottedrongo Spanish: Drongo de Mayotte

Dicrurus waldenii


, 1865,

Mayotte (Maore), Comoro Islands


DNA studies#R indicate that closest relatives are D. forficatus and D. aldabranus. Monotypic.


Mayotte (Maore), in SE Comoro Is.

Descriptive notes

34·5–38 cm. Has uniformly deep lustrous black plumage with dark dull greenish-blue gloss; tail very long (175–206 mm) and deeply forked (58–90 mm),... read more


Very vocal, with extensive repertoire of buzzy and scratchy calls, including loud "tyok"... read more


Occurs mainly in summit rainforests and mixed secondary humid forest above 200 m, including those... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insectivorous. Recorded prey include cicadas (Cicadidae) and other homopteran bugs, butterflies and moths and caterpillars (... read more


Nesting observed between Sept (first eggs) and Feb (last fledglings), coinciding with Nov–Mar rainy season; only one successful brood... read more



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Recent population estimate suggests species should be downgraded to Vulnerable. Restricted range species: present in Comoro Islands EBA. Confined to island of... read more

Recommended citation

Rocamora, G. & Yeatman-Berthelot, D. (2019). Mayotte Drongo (Dicrurus waldenii). 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 23 March 2019).