Drongos of Blue Mountains

Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Family: Dicruridae
Genus: Dicrurus

The drongos are a family of small passerine birds of the Old World tropics, the Dicruridae.

Bronzed Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus)
கரும்பச்சை கரிச்சான்

Bronzed Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus)

Bronzed Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus)

This drongo is somewhat smaller than the black drongo and has more metallic gloss with a spangled appearance on the head, neck and breast. The lores are velvety and the ear coverts are duller. The tail is slender and well forked with the outer tail feathers flaring outward slightly.
Conservation Status : Least Concern

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)
துடுப்பு வால் கரிச்சான்

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)

This is the largest of the drongo species and is readily identifiable by the distinctive tail rackets and the crest of curled feather that begin in front of the face above the beak and along the crown to varying extents according to the subspecies. The tail with twirled rackets is distinctive and in flight it can appear as if two large bees were chasing a black bird.
Conservation Status : Least Concern

Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus)
கரிச்சான்

Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus)

Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus)

The adult ashy drongo is mainly dark grey, and the tail is long and deeply forked, There are a number of subspecies varying in the shade of the grey plumage. Some subspecies have white markings on the head. Young birds are dull brownish grey.
Conservation Status : Least Concern

White-bellied Drongo (Dicrurus caerulescens)
வெள்ளை வயிற்று கரிச்சான்

White-bellied Drongo (Dicrurus caerulescens)

White-bellied Drongo (Dicrurus caerulescens)

This drongo is black without any glossy on the upperside and greyish on the throat and breast while the belly and vent are entirely white in the Indian form which is the nominate subspecies.
Conservation Status : Least Concern

Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)

Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)

Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)
இரட்டைவால் குருவி

This bird is glossy black with a wide fork to the tail. Adults usually have a small white spot at the base of the gape. The iris is dark brown. The sexes cannot be told apart in the field. Juveniles are brownish and may have some white barring or speckling towards the belly and vent.
Conservation Status : Least Concern

Photos: Vasanthan.P.J.

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