Crow-billed drongo

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Crow-billed drongo
Crow-billed Drongo (Dicrurus annectans) - Flickr - Lip Kee.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Dicruridae
Genus: Dicrurus
Species: D. annectens
Binomial name
Dicrurus annectens
(Hodgson, 1836)

The crow-billed drongo (Dicrurus annectens) is a species of bird in the Dicruridae family. It is native to moist tropical forests of southeastern Asia where its range extends from India to the Philippines and Indonesia. It is a completely black bird with a shallowly forked tail and is similar in appearance to the black drongo. It breeds between April and June, the cup-shaped nest being built in the fork of a branch by both birds, the female afterwards incubating the eggs. It is a common bird and the IUCN has listed it as "least concern".

Description[edit]

This bird, which is similar to the black drongo, is jet-black in color and has a stout bill. It has a forked tail.[2]

Distribution and Habitat[edit]

It is found in: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.[1]

Behavior[edit]

This species inhabits dense evergreen forests and moist-deciduous forests. The nesting season is from April to June. The nest is usually a small cup made of grass that is held together by cobwebs. The nests can be found in the fork of a slender branch. The female incubates the eggs. However, both the male and female birds build the nest.[2]

Diet and Feeding[edit]

This species eats insects and other small animals.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Dicrurus annectans". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Ali, Salim (1996). The Book of Indian Birds. India: Oxford University Press. p. 228.