Hair-crested Drongo

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Scientific Name: Dicrurus hottentottus

Malay Name: Cecawi Berambut

Chinese Name: 发冠卷尾

Range: Breeding Range: Widespread from India through to eastern China. Also present in Borneo, Philippines, Sulawesi and Moluccas

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: brevirostris, hottentottus, faberi, termeuleni, jentincki, viridinitens, borneensis, suluensis, leucops, banggaiensis, pectoralis, guillemardi.

Local Subspecies: brevirostris


Identification: Potential for confusion with other drongos – see links below – but Hair-crested has a longer, more slender, and slightly downcurved bill. The tips of the outer tail feathers are curled upwards and inwards.

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

Habitat: Mixed woodland and open country, mostly lowlands, sometimes parks and gardens on migration

Behaviour/Ecology: A typical drongo: a sit-and-wait predator watching from a high perch and then flying out to capture prey (invertebrates, small reptiles) on the wing or on the ground

Local Status: Very rare non-breeding visitor

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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