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Ribbon-tailed Drongo

From Opus

Alternative names: New Ireland Drongo; Paradise Drongo

Dicrurus megarhynchus


[edit] Identification

51 - 56cm (including tail). The only drongo in its range:

  • Black to bluish-black plumage with strong blue-steel gloss on tail, wings and crown
  • Glossy blue streaks on neck
  • Glossy blue spots on breast
  • Outermost tail feathers enormously elongated (extending 14 - 17cm beyond rest of tail), last third of shaft twisting spirally inwards
  • Orange-red or dark red eye
  • Strong bill

Sexes alike, females are slightly smaller and has shorter tail-streamers. Juvenile undescribed.

[edit] Distribution

Endemic to the island of New Britain in the Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea.
A fairly common restricted-range species.

[edit] Taxonomy

A monotypic species, most closely related to Spangled Drongo.

[edit] Habitat

Primary forest in lowlands and hills and tall secondary growth. Occurs from sea-level up to 1800m.

[edit] Behaviour

Feeds on small invertebrates.
Stands upright on a perch from where it sallies for winged insects.
A fairly shy and quiet species, difficult to observe.
No information about breeding.
A resident species.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. 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

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