Spangled Drongo

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Dicrurus bracteatus

Description

Size 28-32cm.

Black plumage with glossy iridescent greenish/blue sheen, and not very obvious scattered small spots on neck and upper breast, giving a spangled appearance. Strong black bill with bristles around base, bright red eye. Often seen on a perch flicking the out curved ‘fishtail’. The call is a loud, harsh, rasping scissorlike sound with a metallic-sounding voice. Can mimic other birds.

Feeding Habits

Often solitary or in pairs, they feed mainly on insects taken on the wing, while foraging on trunks or foliage of trees for spiders, beetles or other small prey. Often harasses other birds, even raptors. Sometimes takes nestlings and small birds.

Breeding

Nest is a delicate deep basket of twigs, plant stems and spiders’ webs attached to horizontal fork of outer branches. Both birds share in incubating and care for the young.

Places to Look

Open woodlands, vine thickets, edges of rainforests, mangroves, beachside parks and gardens. Palmetum, Townsville. Muller’s Lagoon, Bowen.

References

NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club) to the information on this page.

© Birdlife Townsville
© Birdlife Townsville

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