Family Drongos (Dicruridae)

Least Concern

Shining Drongo (Dicrurus atripennis)


Taxonomy

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

Dicrurus atripennis

Swainson

, 1837,

Sierra Leone

.

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

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

Resident.

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60586 on 17 December 2018).