Ashy Drongo

This species is defined as a Review Species . Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page .

Scientific Name: Dicrurus leucophaeus

Malay Name: Cecawi Kelabu

Chinese Name: 灰卷尾

Range: Breeding Range: (OR) widespread

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: leucogenis, salangensis, longicaudatus, hopwoodi, innexus, mouhoti, bondi, nigrescens, batakensis, phaedrus, periophthalmicus, celaenus, siberu, stigmatops, leucophaeus.

Size: 25.5-29 cm

Identification: Uniform ashy-grey drongo with darker lores and chin. Thin, long, linear tail lacking curl at tail tips.

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, open forest

Behaviour/Ecology: Singly, often perched on high, open perches, such as bare canopy branches, at forest edges. Sallies to take insects from canopy or close to ground.

Local Status: Rare migrant and rare visitor

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Peak week Mar 19-Mar 25
Early date 23 Jul 2022
Late date 23 Jun 2014
Two main flavours with several subspecies of this bird in Singapore. Pale grey forms are distinctive, while the darker nigrescens race requires more care as Black Drongo can be quite similar.


BirdLife International. (2016). Dicrurus leucophaeus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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