Family Drongos (Dicruridae)

Least Concern

Shining Drongo (Dicrurus atripennis)


French: Drongo de forêt German: Glanzdrongo Spanish: Drongo selvático

Dicrurus atripennis


, 1837,

Sierra Leone


DNA studies#R indicate that closest relative is D. ludwigii. Monotypic.


Sierra Leone, SE Guinea, Liberia, S Ivory Coast and S Ghana E in forest to NE DRCongo, S to S Gabon and C Congo.

Descriptive notes

21·5–24 cm; 35–47 g. The glossiest drongo in Africa. Male has head and body entirely black with strong characteristic shining steel-green to sometimes... read more


Lively and noisy. Territorial pair performs duets combining loud sharp notes, melodious whistles... read more


Restricted to primary forest and oldest secondary forest, from sea-level to lower hills; to at... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly large insects (50–60 mm). In NE Gabon, observed to feed on Orthoptera, beetles (Coleoptera), moths (Lepidoptera), mantises (... read more


In Liberia more frequently reported Aug–Jan and displays and territorial behaviour Sept–Nov, but birds with enlarged gonads... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Widespread in African equatorial forests. Locally frequent in Liberia, Sierra Leone and S Ghana, very localized in S Ivory Coast; rare or uncommon in... read more

Recommended citation

Rocamora, G. & Yeatman-Berthelot, D. (2019). Shining Drongo (Dicrurus atripennis). 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 22 May 2019).