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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