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Black Beauty &quot;The Greater Racket-tailed Drongo&quot; (Dicrurus paradiseus) - is a medium-sized Asian bird which is distinctive in having elongated outer tail feathers with webbing restricted to the tips. They are conspicuous in the forest habitats often perching in the open and by attracting attention with a wide range of loud calls that include perfect imitations of many other birds. It has been suggested that these imitations may help in the formation of mixed-species foraging flocks, a feature seen in forest bird communities where many insect feeders forage together.<br />
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I was walking with a friend on his Pepper field, when I heard different bird calls in a very short time interval. Suddenly, my eyes got locked on to a black bird which I initially thought was a Crow. However, I was sure that it wasn&#039;t a Crow because the calls it made and its body size were very different. I went in pursuit of this bird deep in to the fields, looking at the branches of the tall trees I was surrounded by. Finally, my search yielded a sight of this talented bird!<br />
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It was my first time spotting a Drongo, and I was surprised to see and hear it making imitations of many bird calls! This amazing ability of the bird is what makes it special, and an interesting bird species to study more about. Its distinctive tail is what makes it effortless to properly identify this bird. This widespread species includes populations that have distinct variations and several subspecies have been named. The nominate form is found in southern India, mainly in forested areas of the Western Ghats and the adjoining hill forests of peninsular India. Dicrurus paradiseus,Geotagged,Greater racket-tailed drongo,India,bird,black,feathers,imitation,mimicry,tail,western ghats,wings Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Black Beauty

"The Greater Racket-tailed Drongo" (Dicrurus paradiseus) - is a medium-sized Asian bird which is distinctive in having elongated outer tail feathers with webbing restricted to the tips. They are conspicuous in the forest habitats often perching in the open and by attracting attention with a wide range of loud calls that include perfect imitations of many other birds. It has been suggested that these imitations may help in the formation of mixed-species foraging flocks, a feature seen in forest bird communities where many insect feeders forage together.

I was walking with a friend on his Pepper field, when I heard different bird calls in a very short time interval. Suddenly, my eyes got locked on to a black bird which I initially thought was a Crow. However, I was sure that it wasn't a Crow because the calls it made and its body size were very different. I went in pursuit of this bird deep in to the fields, looking at the branches of the tall trees I was surrounded by. Finally, my search yielded a sight of this talented bird!

It was my first time spotting a Drongo, and I was surprised to see and hear it making imitations of many bird calls! This amazing ability of the bird is what makes it special, and an interesting bird species to study more about. Its distinctive tail is what makes it effortless to properly identify this bird. This widespread species includes populations that have distinct variations and several subspecies have been named. The nominate form is found in southern India, mainly in forested areas of the Western Ghats and the adjoining hill forests of peninsular India.

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  1. I've seen a few drongos on this site and some of them look quite a alike, wasn't expecting a species intro here. Well done! Posted 8 years ago
    1. It took me by surprise too! I thought mine will simply be another Drongo image, but it wasn't :) Posted 8 years ago

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The greater racket-tailed drongo is a medium-sized Asian bird which is distinctive in having elongated outer tail feathers with webbing restricted to the tips. They are placed along with other drongos in the family Dicruridae. They are conspicuous in the forest habitats often perching in the open and by attracting attention with a wide range of loud calls that include perfect imitations of many other birds. It has been suggested that these imitations may help in the formation of mixed-species foraging.. more

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Avinash Krishnamurthy
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By Avinash Krishnamurthy

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Uploaded Sep 19, 2014. Captured in National Highway 234, Kuppagodu, Karnataka 75123, India.
  • EOS 60D
  • f/5.0
  • 1/85s
  • ISO125
  • 238mm