Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) | Avelgood Apps

This is the largest of the drongo species. It kis readily identifiable by the tail rackets and the crest of curled feather that begin in front of the face, above the beak and along the crown. The tail with twirled rackets is distinctive and in flight it can appear as if two large bees were chasing a black bird. In the eastern Himalayas the species can be confused with the Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, but the latter has flat rackets with no crest. Young birds are duller, and can lack a crest while moulting birds can lack the elongate tail streamers.

Habitat and Distribution

It is an Asian bird.The distribution range of this species extends from the western Himalayas to the eastern Himalayas and Mishmi Hills in the foothills below 4000 feet. Continuing into the west to the islands of Borneo and Java in the east through the mainland and islands. They are found mainly in forest habitats.


They feed mainly on insects but also take fruits and visit flowering trees for nectar.Having short legs, they sit upright and are often perched on high and exposed branches.



Calls and Songs

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