Fork Tailed Drongo

The Fork-tailed Drongo is a type of small passerine bird. Its scientific name is Dicrurus adsimilis and is also known as the Common Drongo, African Drongo or Savanna Drongo. They are members of the family Dicruridae.
The Fork-tailed Drongo is common and widespread in South Africa and mostly south of the Sahara. These insect-eating birds are usually found in open forests or bush. The females lay two to four eggs are laid in a cup nest in a fork high in a tree.
These are aggressive birds with no fear and will attack much larger species, including birds of prey especially if their nest or young are threatened.
The male is mainly glossy black, although the wings are duller. It is large-headed and has the forked tail which gives the species its name. The female is similar but less glossy. The bill is black and heavy, and the eye is red.
The Fork-tailed Drongo is approx. 25 cm long. It has short legs and sits very upright whilst perched prominently, just like a shrike. It flycatches or take prey from the ground and is attracted to bush fires.
Forked Tail Drongo


  1. risovic

    Great photo ! Aggressive bird ??? Do not look so …. If the birds and I met in nature who knows what it would be -:)))
    Lovely !

    1. seamus (Post author)

      Liliana, I have seen these birds chase much bigger birds away with no worries about getting themselves hurt at all.

  2. Zibie

    What a beautiful Photo

  3. Kathy

    Correct me if I am wrong but they make different noises, mimic other bird sounds. We have many drongos visit our garden, they have harassed our cat from time to time and our cat meows loudly at the drongos when they try to ‘dive bomb’ him! I caught them imitating the cat’s meow!! They are characters of note!

    1. Sean Allen (Post author)

      Kathy, I believe you are quite correct. They are definitely characters of note and can be quite nasty with pets. I, myself, have not yet had a bad encounter with one. There is always a first time. Thanks for the comment.

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