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Drongo: Fork-tailed

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You all know it, in fact you can't miss either his metalic calls nor his black silhoutte on a branch in the Park. Must be one of the most common birds in Kruger. The fork-tailed drongo. I saw one last friday for the first time in PTA. What a nice surprise. Made me feel like I was in Kruger again.
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Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:30 pm Unread post
I think I'll dump this right here. :lol: Pic showing exactly why it's called a fork-tailed drongo:

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This juvenile Forktailed Drongo was sitting in this tree for a whole day battling to fly, which gave me this opportunity to photograph it.
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Forktailed Drongo
Dicrurus adsimilis

Differs from the Squaretailed Drongo & Southern Black Flycatcher due to it being a large all-black perching bird & having a deeply forked tail.

Size: 25 cm.
Sexes: Alike.
Juvenile: Underparts and forewing have buff-tipped feathers and has a yellow gape.
Habitat: Woodland, savanna and exotic.
Call: Grating and shrill notes. Mimics birds of prey especially the Pearlspotted Owl.

Source: Birds of Southern Africa - Ian Sinclair & Phil Hockey



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Took this photo of a forktailed drongo on its nest in Nossob camp in October 1992.

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I saw this one on the S50 close to the Kanniedooddam.

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Mon Jul 28, 2008 10:21 pm Unread post
Near Satara the fork of this Drongo's tail is somewhat battered maybe he has mobed the Brown Sanke-Eagle a few time to often.
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Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:00 pm Unread post
and two more please :D

6) Red-winged Starling ?
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anne-marie wrote
thanks a lot arks and deefstes :D
not easy to identify :?

You're getting better with your IDs all the time, anne-marie :thumbs_up:

For your next two birds, #2 looks more like a palewinged starling than a redwinged ... where did you see it? :hmz:


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Mon Dec 07, 2009 11:19 pm Unread post
thanks arks
I saw both near Mopani 15 and 18.10.09


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Mon Dec 07, 2009 11:51 pm Unread post
@anne-marie: I can see where the confusion comes from on the second bird but it is in fact neither of the Onychognathus starlings but a good old Fork-tailed Drongo. :wink:


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Thanks for your expert eye, deefstes, on anne-marie's two birds. It must be a trick of light that makes the drongo's wing look to have a pale(r) edge — that and the red eye had me guessing palewinged startling, but not, of course, near Mopani :wink:


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thanks you very much :D


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Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:56 am Unread post
Hi everyone

I agree with deefstes...u can see the tail and the head/beak area is very different from a starling, a lot less sharp in features.

Nice thread!!


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Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:25 am Unread post
deefstes wrote
@anne-marie: Your first bird is indeed a juvenile Wattled Starling. I can see where the confusion comes from on the second bird but it is in fact neither of the Onychognathus starlings but a good old Fork-tailed Drongo. :wink:

My first impression was a Southern Black Flycatcher? Based on size (difficult to scale) and posture.


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Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:47 am Unread post
anne-marie wrote
and two more please :D


2 - Fork-tailed Drongo. Whitish, not orange/red wing panels
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