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Sulawesi Drongo

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Photo © by julienlTangkoko, Sulawesi, Indonesia, May 2018
Photo © by julienl
Tangkoko, Sulawesi, Indonesia, May 2018

Alternative names: Celebes Drongo; Celebes Mountain Drongo

Dicrurus montanus


[edit] Identification

25cm (9¾ in)

  • Strongly bluish-black plumage with purple iridescence
  • Short neck hackles, relatively small and narrow breast spangles
  • Long and deeply forked tail, tips of outer rectrices curving upwards
  • Brown or dark brown-red eye
  • Straight black bill

Sexes similar, females are smaller but have a longer tail. Juveniles are undescribed.

[edit] Similar species

The local form leucops of Hair-crested Drongo is bigger (especially bill and feet), has a white eye and a less forked tail with tips of outer rectrices much more curving upwards.

[edit] Distribution

Endemic to the mountains of Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Uncommon to locally fairly common.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].
Has been considered conspecific with Hair-crested Drongo and belongs to a superspecies with Hair-crested Drongo, Sumatran Drongo, Wallacean Drongo, Balicassiao, Spangled Drongo and Ribbon-tailed Drongo.
Occasionally found in the same area as Hair-crested Drongo (subspecies leucops) in the northern peninsula but the two forms are apparently reproductively isolated.

[edit] Habitat

Forest and woodland from 550m up to 1800m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on insects.
Mainly seen singly or in pairs, joins mixed-species flocks with Malia, Rusty-bellied Fantail, Yellow-billed Malkoha and Sulawesi Leaf Warbler.

[edit] Breeding

No information about breeding.

[edit] Movements

A resident species.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  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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