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Glossy-backed Drongo - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Steve G
Marakissa, The Gambia, 3 October 2005
Dicrurus divaricatus


23–26 cm (9-10 in)
Described as smaller than Fork-tailed Drongo with pale grey-buff inner webs of flight-feathers and a shallower tail fork.


Sub-Saharan Africa. Southwestern Mauritania south to Guinea , east to Niger and northeastern Nigeria (Lake Chad), east to Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia, south to northern Democratic Republic of the Congo, northern Uganda, and northern Kenya.


Formerly regarded as conspecific with Fork-tailed Drongo.


Two subspecies recognized[1]:

  • D. a. divaricatus:
  • D. a. lugubris:


Savannah and forest.


Presumably similar to Fork-tailed Drongo




  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Rocamora, G. and D. Yeatman-Berthelot (2020). Glossy-backed Drongo (Dicrurus divaricatus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, B. K. Keeney, P. G. Rodewald, and T. S. Schulenberg, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.fotdro4.01
  3. Fuchs, J, De Swardt, DH, Oatley, G, Fjeldså, J, Bowie, RCK. (2018) Habitat‐driven diversification, hybridization and cryptic diversity in the Fork‐tailed Drongo (Passeriformes: Dicruridae: Dicrurus adsimilis). Zool Scr. 47:266– 284. https://doi.org/10.1111/zsc.12274

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