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Black Drongo

Dicrurus macrocercus


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.

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Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a year ago

Thanks all, in particular for this "double" nomination.

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

Beautiful bird and interesting notes about how farmers "partner" with the drongos.

DanielePralong a year ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated Zlatan!

Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

চট্টগ্রাম বিভাগ, Bangladesh

Spotted on Mar 16, 2019
Submitted on Apr 15, 2019

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