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Azan Khan

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Posting it on behalf of a friend, Atif Taj.
Photos taken on 29 August, 2022
Location: Islamabad, Pakistan

Can you please help me ID this drongo? It looks odd for both of the common species found in the country. It has certain features of Hair-crested Drongo but lacks the backward curls in tail and also the bill look odd for this species. So what is it, kindly help. I'd really appreciate your response which I always find valuable.

So far, we have three species reported from Pakistan.

1) Black Drongo - common/resident
2) Ashy Drongo - common/resident
3) Hair-crested Drongo - recorded just once from the country.
 

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As Butty mentions, no doubt as per the identification, it's a Hair-crested Drongo. As it shows a bit of yellow at the gape, and the tail not fully developed, it appears to be an immature.

Well done and fantastic record!

James
 
As Butty mentions, no doubt as per the identification, it's a Hair-crested Drongo. As it shows a bit of yellow at the gape, and the tail not fully developed, it appears to be an immature.

Well done and fantastic record!

James
No doubt on ID and a great record!

But given the state of moult (moult contrast in primaries, secondaries, tail and contour feathers) isn't it an adult? I don't know moult patterns of HcD, but I wouldn't expect them to have a complete moult in their first year.
 
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