French: Gobemouche drongo German: Senegaldrongoschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas drongo
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. e. edolioides
(Swainson, 1837) – extreme S Mauritania (Assaba to R Senegal), S Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, N & E Guinea, W & SW Mali (including along R Niger from Mopti to Bamako), N Ivory Coast and S Burkina Faso E to extreme SW Niger, Nigeria (except extreme N & S) and W Cameroon.
M. e. lugubris
(J. W. von Müller, 1851) – E Cameroon, S Chad, N & C Central African Republic, SE Sudan, South Sudan, NE DRCongo, and from W Eritrea and W Ethiopia S to Uganda, W Kenya and N Tanzania.
M. e. schistaceus
Sharpe, 1895 – N & E Ethiopia and N Kenya.
20 cm; 28–36 g. Male nominate race is entirely very dark slate-grey or bluish-grey, almost black, with upperwing and tail darker, more brownish-black; crown, mantle,... read more
Song a long series of short phrases with frequent pauses, including “tsee-u-weet”,... read more
Moist woodland, edges of riverine forest in open woodland, gallery forest, acacia (Acacia... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods, mainly insects; recorded items include beetles (Coleoptera), mantids (Mantidae), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), cicadas (Cicadidae... read more
May–Jul in Ghana, May–Jun in Nigeria, Oct in Cameroon, May and Nov–Dec in DRCongo, Oct and Dec–Jun in E Africa and... read more
Moves seasonally with the rains, at least in N Kenya.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon or common to frequent throughout range. No information available on potential threats or on population changes. Present in... read more
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