French: Coucou surnicou German: Drongokuckuck Spanish: Cuclillo drongo colitruncado
Other common names:
Drongo Cuckoo (when lumped with the other members of genus)
Subspecies and Distribution
S. l. barussarum
Oberholser, 1912 – NE India, N Myanmar, N Thailand, N Indochina, and SC & SE China (Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Guangdong, Fujian, Hainan); winters S to Sumatra.
S. l. brachyurus
Stresemann, 1913 – Himalayas from Kashmir E to NE India and Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand S through the Malay Peninsula to Sumatra, Borneo and SW Philippines (Balabac, Palawan, Calauit).
S. l. lugubris
(Horsfield, 1821) – Java and Bali.
24–25 cm; 26–43·6 g. Adult glossy blue-black with greener wing-coverts, inner secondaries and tertials, and brownish tinge to breast, belly and vent, tail... read more
Calls regularly from exposed dead branches. Territorial call comprises a fast, ascending “pi-... read more
Forests (including semi-evergreen, swamp and riparian forests in Assam, lowland dipterocarp and... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, caterpillars (hairy and hairless: Pieridae, Lasiocampidae, Limadodidae), other soft insects, beetles, swarming termits, spiders;... read more
Season mid Apr–Jul (peaking May–Jun) in Assam (NE India), Apr and Jun in Bangladesh, Apr in Myanmar, May–Jul in Thai-... read more
Resident over most of range except in the extreme N of range, where it is a summer migrant to NE... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Like many other forest birds, this species is subject to the effects of widespread habitat destruction throughout its range, but... read more
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