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…