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Moluccan Drongo-Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Surniculus musschenbroeki



  • Glossy black plumage, velvet-purple on head
  • Tail square
  • White thighs and white nuchal patch, difficult to see in the field.

Similar species

From Drongos by thinner slightly down curved beak and white barrings on vent and under tail coverts.


Found from Sulawesi and Butung to Bacan and Halmahera (Indonesia).


This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly included in Asian Drongo-Cuckoo.


Forest and forest edges.


Keeps to the canopy and the crown of tall trees. Does not chase insects from a open perch in the manner of drongos.
Very vocal.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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