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The Fork-tailed drongo

11 March 2015

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The fork-tailed drongo Dicrurus adsimilis is a common bird in most parts of sub-Saharan Africa, except in the more arid areas. It often mobs large birds of prey, owls, hornbills, crows and small mammals. The name Dicrurus was created by Vieillot for a group of birds with ten retrices or tail feathers and is based on the Greek word for two-tailed or a forked tail, while the name adsimilis is Latin for similar and refers to the uniform black colour. The fork-tailed drongo was first described scientifically as a type of crow by Bechstein in 1794 based on a specimen that was collected at the Duiwenhoks River near Swellendam in the Western Cape province of South Africa by the expedition of Grant and Mackworth-Praed.

An adult fork-tailed drongo is around 25 cm tall, weighs 45 g and the sexes are similar in plumage colouration... (Become a subscriber for more)

 

Reference:

Hockey, P A R, W R J Dean and P G Ryan (Eds) 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, seventh edition. Cape Town: The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, pp 684 - 685.

 

article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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