Fork-tailed Drongo

Fork-tailed Drongo, Common Drongo, African Drongo, or Savannah Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis),

This is a difficult bird to get a good photo of.. the eye is dark red and with the black colouring it always appears as though it has no eyes…

The Fork-tailed Drongo is a common and widespread resident breeder in Africa south of the Sahara. These insect-eating birds are usually found in open forests or bush.

These are aggressive and fearless birds, given their small size, and will attack much larger species, including birds of prey. The male is mainly glossy black, although the wings are duller. It is large-headed and has the forked tail which gives the species its name. The female is similar but less glossy. The bill is black and heavy, and the eye is red.

The Fork-tailed Drongo is 20 cm long. It has short legs and sits very upright whilst perched, like a shrike. It fly catches, or takes prey from the ground and if there’s a bush fire you find it there.

I actually managed to get the eye in the photo on the left…

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19 thoughts on “Fork-tailed Drongo

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    • Thanks Dear… these took a while to put together… bird photos without an eye I’m told is not good… considering mine get backside shots… I wonder if the third eye counts.??

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