Fork-tailed Drongo

Fork-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis)

A difficult bird to capture on film in the way birds should be shown. The experts want to see an eye, how do you do this with such a dark bird with a dark eye? Not easily.

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.

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.

These are aggressive and fearless birds, given their small size, and will attack much larger species, including birds of prey if their nest or young are threatened.

The Fork-tailed Drongo is 25 cm long. It has short legs and sits very upright whilst perched prominently, like a shrike. It fly catches or takes prey from the ground and is attracted to bush fires.

The call is a metallic strink-strink. A few captures I’ve made this trip…







40 thoughts on “Fork-tailed Drongo

  1. Awesome shots! I love learning all the time and I always do when I visit…your photos just always amaze and fascinate me!! He (assuming it’s a he haha) looks so majestic and proud…what a gorgeous bird! Thank you for sharing not only your awesome gift of photography but also teaching us about what you see and capture so very exquisitely!

  2. Not even the experts can find fault with your shots bulldog. You’ve captured it beautifully! Thanks for sharing. 😀 *big hugs*

  3. I just wish birds would let you get closer, allow you time to fiddle with settings, look at the camera at the right time, hold a suitable pose, move as required for action shots, and return repeatedly until you can get it right. Not asking much is it.

    • Now this is exactly what I wish… if they only knew how many times I swear at them for non co-operation…. and is it really asking so much??? Women do it all the time for magazines photos, why can’t they???

  4. Appearance isn’t fierce. How many pics did you have to take to capture the eyes.

    By the way, yep …. you didn’t see yourself in yesterday’s satire as “Photographer’s Presence Calms Wild Hippo”

    • I have more than 100 photos, and probably only 10 that show the eyes partially…
      I missed that one.. “Photographer’s Presence Calms Wild Hippo” I pictured someone else not me… wow thank you, bet no one got it right…

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