Crow-billed Drongo

Scientific Name: Dicrurus annectens

Malay Name: Cecawi Paruh Tebal

Chinese Name: 鸦嘴卷尾

Range: Breeding Range: (OR) e Himalayas to Southeast Asia

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 27-32 cm

Identification: Medium-sized drongo with thick bill, flared but shallowly forked tail, with outer tail feathers curving outwards. Feathers glossy. Juveniles may show some white spotting on breast and belly. Differs from Black Drongo (D. macrocercus) as feathers of Crow-billed Drongo glossier, tail less forked, bill thicker and longer, no white loral spot. Juvenile Crow-billed Drongos have white spotting on breast and belly whereas Black Drongo does not. They also occur in different habitats; differs from Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo as crow-billed drongo tail is more forked, differs from Greater Racket-tailed Drongo with no tail extensions, tail more deeply and widely forked, glossier underparts. 

Similar looking species: Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo, Black Drongo, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Hair-crested Drongo

Habitat: Forest, secondary forest.

Behaviour/Ecology: Usually occurs singly, perches in low and mid-storey in shade. May join mixed flocks

Local Status: Common migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2017)

Location: Forests, such as Central Catchment Forest, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Dairy Farm Nature Park and Kent Ridge Park.

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BirdLife International. (2017). Dicrurus annectens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. Accessed on 1 January 2023