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This is an all black, small (some 30 cm in length incl tail) but smart, fearless and aggressive Asian predatory songbird. It was, until recently, considered a subspecies of African Fork-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis).
Here observed in urban environment of Cox's Bazar, close to peri-urban farms, in a forested park-like area close to the sandy beach. These coniferous park-like areas seem to have been planted in man places along this coast, probably to prevent the erosion.
It is often associated with farming and livestock, and farmers appreciate Drongos for helping them in controlling crop and animal pests. I often observed number of wooden sticks planted in paddy and vegetable fields, purposefully for drongos to perch as sentinelles over crops. Also appreciated by cattle growers, as it cleans animals of ectoparasites.
Spotted on Mar 16, 2019
Submitted on Apr 15, 2019