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  Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus)





Spangled Drongo | Dicrurus bracteatus photo
Spangled Drongos feed on insects and can catch them in flight with ease. They can become regular garden birds and will feed on mince and small meat scraps. They are quite acrobatic at catching mince scraps thrown high up in the air - they rarely miss. Photographed on back deck of suburban back yard, Brisbane.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.

Spangled Drongo | Dicrurus bracteatus photo
The distinctive forked tail can be clearly seen in this photo.

Image by David Midgley - Some rights reserved.



SPANGLED DRONGO FACTS

Description
The Spangled Drongo has glossy black plumage with metallic sheen. It has a distinctive long forked tail and red eyes. It is acrobatic in flight and can easily catch insects in the air.

Size
30cm

Habitat
wet forests, woodlands, parks

Food
insects, often caught in flight

Breeding
Nest is a shallow cup of twigs and grasses held together with spider web, built high in a horizontal fork of tree

Range
northern and eastern Australia, also found in New Guinea and Indonesia



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Dicruridae
Genus:Dicrurus
Species:bracteatus
Common Name:Spangled Drongo