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Drongos: Dicruridae

Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Square-tailed Drongo (dicrurus Ludwigii): Species AccountsGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, DRONGOS AND PEOPLE, CONSERVATION STATUS

SQUARE-TAILED DRONGO (Dicrurus ludwigii): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
GREATER RACKET-TAILED DRONGO (Dicrurus paradiseus): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Tropical Africa, Madagascar, Asia, Australia, New Guinea, Java, Taiwan, Solomon Islands.

Tropical rain forest, mixed open forest and grassland.

Drongos eat mainly insects, but sometimes spiders, small birds, and nectar.

There is little interaction between drongos and humans.


The World Conservation Union (IUCN) lists two drongo species as Endangered, facing a very high risk of extinction, and four as Near Threatened, in danger of becoming threatened with extinction. Five of the six listed species live on small islands—Aldabra, Andamans, Comoros, Principe, and Mayotte— the sixth on a much larger island, Sumatra. The small islands have lost most of their original habitat, while Sumatra has lost half of its original habitat.

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