Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Black Drongo

The Black Drongo is a bird found in the tropics in lightly wooded habitats from south-west Iran through India and Sri Lanka to southern China and Indonesia. Like the sparrows and the crows, the drongo is a regular visitor to our gardens. The glossy black feathers of this bird also have blue metallic hues. The tail is long and forked and both sexes look similar. Juveniles are said to have dull brown feathers but I have never seen one so far.Like the bee-eaters, drongos are also fond of sitting on the power lines and preying on insects. These pictures were taken in the gardens of the local Cultural Centre where the drongos are seen in large numbers. 

Drongos are said to be fearless and aggressive. Although their length is 28 cms only they are known to attack larger birds if their young or nests are in danger. Although their call is said to be varied I often hear the sweetest ones when they perch themselves on the mango tree or on the power lines near our house.


This is my entry for World Bird Wednesday. Please click on the link to see birds of many different feathers....

14 comments:

heyBJK said...

I have never heard of a drongo. This is a first for me! The head feathers almost look furry.

holdingmoments said...

A new one for me too.
Great name :-)

Sylvia K said...

Yes, a new one for me as well! Love the name! Beautiful bird! Thanks for sharing! Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

Andrew said...

Wonderful information of a lovely bird...
Many thanks for sharing.

eileeninmd said...

The Drongos would be a new bird for me. Thanks for sharing the bird and the info. Have a great day!

Pat said...

He looks fearless!

lotusleaf said...

Lovely pictures! The drongo seems to have disappeared from these parts. I used to see them quite often 10 years ago, perched on wires.

Stephanie said...

This bird look really serious but charming at the same time. Few weeks ago when it was raining non-stop a bird flew into my house. Thankfuly it was a little bird and not this one hehe... I am afraid of agressive creatures.

Anita Kumar said...

We see the Drongo quite a bit in these parts, but I'd never known them to be fearless or aggressive. Thank you for all that information about the bird.

Springman said...

Only sweet songs should be sung in a Mango tree! This sure looks like a tough and resilient bird capable of taking care of itself!
Cheers!

Carole Meisenhelter said...

that really is a comical name; and first time I've seen that bird; great photo

Hilke Breder said...

Interesting! The upright posture makes me think of flycatchers here. Absolutely love your dragonfly header!

Larry said...

Nice shots of the Drongo and your dragonfly photos are amazing!

EG Wow said...

It always amazes me when a relatively small bird attacks a bigger one. Parents will do almost anything to protect their young!