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Philippine Drongo-Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Romy Ocon
Mount Makiling, Laguna province, Philippines, January 2007
Surniculus velutinus

Identification

23cm (9 in).

  • Blackish plumage, velvety head and mantle, glossy purplish, blue or green wings and tail
  • Square tail
  • White bar on underside of wing
  • White leggings
  • Brown eye

Sexes similar. Juveniles are unmarked rusty-brown.

Similar species

Very similar to Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo but no gloss on head and mantle.

Distribution

The Philippines and Sulu Islands.
Common in primary forest. However, this habitat is rapidly vanishing on the Philippines.

Taxonomy

Subspecies

Three subspecies recognized[1]:

  • S. v. chalybaeus on Luzon, Mindoro and Negros
  • S. v. velutinus in the southern Philippines on Basilan, Biliran, Leyte, Samar, Mindanao, Malamaui and Bohol.
  • S. v. suluensis on Jolo, Bongao and Tawi Tawi

Forms a superspecies with Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo, Fork-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo and Moluccan Drongo-Cuckoo and was in the past lumped with these species under the name Drongo-Cuckoo.

Habitat

Lowland forest, in the canopy or understory.
Occurs from sea-level up to 1000m.

Behaviour

Diet

Feeds on insects, forages mainly in the canopy.

Breeding

No information about breeding.

Movements

A resident species.

References

  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. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1997. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 4: Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334221

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