Scientific Name: Dicrurus paradiseus
Malay Name: Cecawi Anting-anting Besar
Chinese Name: 大盘尾
Breeding Range: (OR) widespread
Polytypic. Subspecies are: grandis, rangoonensis, paradiseus, johni, ceylonicus, otiosus, nicobariensis, hypoballus, platurus, microlophus, brachyphorus, banguey, formosus.
Local Subspecies: platurus
Size: 33-35.5 cm
Large drongo with two twisted pendant-like tail extensions. Glossy feathers, with backward-curving tuft on forehead. Differs from crow-billed drongo by tail extensions. Where extensions are missing, greater-racket tailed drongos can be told apart from crow-billed drongos by forehead tuft, more linear tail fork. Told apart from black drongo as both species are found in different habitats. Greater racket-tailed drongos are also glossier, with tail distinctly less forked.
Habitat: Forest, secondary forest
Behaviour/Ecology: Calls loudly and often from perch, with a wide range of vocalizations. Calls told from other species it mimics by more metallic tinge. Often found in mixed-flocks. Reported to exhibit food kleptoparasitism.
Local Status: Common resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Forests, such as Central Catchment Forest, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Dairy Farm Nature Park and Kent Ridge Park.
BirdLife International. (2016). Dicrurus paradiseus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021