Black Drongo

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Scientific Name: Dicrurus macrocercus
Malay Name: Cecawi Sawah
Chinese Name: 黑卷尾

Breeding Range: (OR) widespread

Polytypic. Subspecies are: albirictus, macrocercus, minor, cathoecus, thai, harterti, javanus.

Size: 27-28.5 cm

Medium-sized drongo with sleek, uniform black plumage. Long, deeply forked tail. Told from crow-billed drongo by smaller, slimmer bill and more deeply forked tail.

Similar looking species: Crow-billed Drongo, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Hair-crested Drongo

Habitat: Open country and cultivation.

Behaviour/Ecology: Prefers open perches such as wooden poles, fences or scrub.

Local Status: Rare migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Featured reports: Oct 2022, Nov 2022

Past accepted records in our database:

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

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