Crested Drongo

Information about the Bird Crested Drongo

The crested drongo (Dicrurus forficatus) is a species of bird in the Dicruridae family. This bird is black with a bluish-green sheen, a distinctive crest on the forehead and a forked tail. There are two subspecies; D. f. forficatus is endemic to Madagascar and D. f. potior, which is smaller, is found on the Comoro Islands. Its habitat is lowland forests, both dry and humid, and open savannah country. It is a common bird and the IUCN has listed it as "least concern".

The adult male and female are almost entirely black, with a blue-green sheen. The distinctive crest consists of elongated feathers on the forehead. The forked tail is also distinctive of the adult birds.
Dicrurus forficatus potior is much larger and has broader tail feathers.
The nominated race is endemic to Madagascar, and found throughout the island, and some of the larger inshore islands including Nosy-B. The Dicrurus forficatus potior subspecies on only found on the Comoro Islands.
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and dry savanna, typically below 1,000 meters.

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