Pygmy drongo

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Pygmy drongo
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Rhipiduridae, see text
Genus: Chaetorhynchus
A.B. Meyer, 1874
Species: C. papuensis
Binomial name
Chaetorhynchus papuensis
Meyer, 1874

The pygmy drongo (Chaetorhynchus papuensis), also known as the pygmy drongo-fantail, drongo fantail, or Papuan drongo, is a species of bird endemic to the island of New Guinea. It is the only species in the genus Chaetorhynchus.[2] The species was long placed within the drongo family Dicruridae, but it differs from others in that family in having twelve rectrices instead of ten. Molecular analysis also supports moving the species out from the drongo family, instead placing it as a sister species to the silktail of Fiji, and both those species in the fantail family Rhipiduridae.[3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Chaetorhynchus papuensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Schodde R. & I. J. Mason (1999) The Directory of Australian Birds: Passerines, CSIRO.
  3. ^ Irested, Martin; Fuchs, J; Jønsson, KA; Ohlson, JI; Pasquet, E; Ericson, Per G.P. (2009). "The systematic affinity of the enigmatic Lamprolia victoriae (Aves: Passeriformes)—An example of avian dispersal between New Guinea and Fiji over Miocene intermittent land bridges?" (PDF). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 48 (3): 1218–1222. PMID 18620871. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2008.05.038. 

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