Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Ashy Drongo

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The Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus) is widely distributed in India and South Asia. It is a smaller bird than most other drongos and has a greyish body with reddish eyes and a deeply forked tail. Some subspecies have white markings on the head. It is very similar to the Black Drongo, but it lacks the rictal spot at the base of its beak.

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The tail is also longer and less splayed.

They are insectivorous and usually can be seen making aerial sallies for insects from its perch. They imitate the call of other birds but their common call is:

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The breeding season is from May to June. The nest is a loose cup in a tree, in which 3-4 eggs are laid.

  Sighting Information:
Location: Karimanoor
Date: 20th Dec 2009
Time: Morning; 7:30 AM
Weather: Sunny morning
Other Details: A hunting party with golden orioles, scarlet minivets, white cheeked barbets, and other drongo species

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