Ashy Drongo

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