Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo

Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus remifer is Distributed from northern India to Java, with tectirostris in southeastern Tibet, western and southern Yunnan, and southwestern Guangxi. Hunts insects beneath canopy in broadleaved evergreen forests, generally at higher elevations than greater racket-tailed drongo; to 2000 m. Often in flocks with other insectivores (including greater racket-tailed), which it mimics. Has amazing elongated outer tail feathers with racket-like pendants at the end; the feathers extend up to 40 cm beyond end of square tail, but may be damaged or missing. Also has short crest emerging from base of upper mandible and forehead. Extended tail feathers distinguish this drongo from all others except greater racket-tailed; flat crest and square tail separate it from greater. Bronzed drongo lacks crest and has notched tail. Medium-sized; plumage black with metallic blue or greenish-blue gloss, but face mask, belly, and vent not glossy. Has blue spangles on upper breast, crown, nape and neck. Juvenile duller, lacks rackets. Bill, feet black; eyes reddish-brown (but often appear black). Whistles, chirrs, and mimicry typical of drongos. — Craig Brelsford

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.

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