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Balicassiao

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nominate subspeciesPhoto by Romy OconMount Makiling, Laguna Province, Philippines, November 2006
nominate subspecies
Photo by Romy Ocon
Mount Makiling, Laguna Province, Philippines, November 2006

Alternative name: Philippine Drongo

Dicrurus balicassius

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[edit] Identification

26cm

  • Glossy blue violet body (mirabilis with a silky white lower breast to undertail-coverts)
  • Darker blue head
  • Rather short tail, shallowly forked
  • Reddish dark brown eye

Sexes similar. Immatures are browner and less glossy.
The only drongo in its range.

[edit] Distribution

South-east Asia: found in the Philippines.
Still common but under threat from deforestation.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies[1]

There are 3 subspecies

  • D. b. abraensis:
  • D. b. balicassius:
  • Central and southern Luzon, Lubang, Marinduque, Mindoro and Polillo
  • D. b. mirabilis:
  • Panay, Cebu, Negros, Guimaras, Ticao, Masbate (west-central Philippines)

[edit] Habitat

Forest and forest edge usually below 1200 m.

[edit] Behaviour

Often seen in pairs or small groups, only occasionally in mixed-species flocks.

[edit] Diet

Few data available. Often seen catching insects and other prey by flying from an open perch.

[edit] Breeding

A bowl shaped nest is built from twigs and placed on a small branch. Three eggs are laid.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507
  3. BF Member observations

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