Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
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Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

A Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus paradiseus flew across in the dawn light and landed in a dead tree, its crest and tail streamers clearly visible. We had left our hotel, near the entrance to the Khao Yai National Park, early in order to bird at a number of sites en route to Bangkok domestic airport where we were to catch an afternoon flight to Chiang Mai.

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo is perhaps more sociable than its congeners, often in small groups and joining in mixed flocks in its preferred habitat of broad-leaved forest and bamboo jungle.

The distribution of this species extends from the western Himalayas to the eastern Himalayas and Mishmi Hills in the foothills below 4000 feet. It is found in the hills of peninsular India and the Western Ghats, through south east Asia to the islands of Borneo and Java. There are at least 12 subspecies and I am not sure of this ssp of this bird. Possibilities are D.p.platurus (Birds of South east Asia) and D.p.hypoballus (Wikipedia).

References: Craig Robson (2005) Birds of South-East Asia p.176, published by New Holland; Grimmett, Inskipp and Inskipp (1998) Birds of the Indian Subcontinent p.614, published by Helm; Wikipedia

Country: Thailand
Location: Early morning near Khao Yai National Park
Family: Drongos (Dicruridae)
Species: Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)
Date taken: 09/12/2016