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Birds

Greater
Racket-tailed Drongo

Least Concern

Decreasing

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

Dicrurus paradiseus

In most of its range in Asia, this is the largest of the drongo species and is readily identifiable by the distinctive tail rackets and the crest of curled feather that begin in front of the face above the beak and along the crown to varying extents according to the subspecies. The tail with twirled rackets is distinctive and in flight it can appear as if two large bees were chasing a black bird. In the eastern Himalayas the species can be confused with the lesser racket-tailed drongo, however the latter has flat rackets with the crest nearly absent.

Young birds are duller, and can lack a crest while moulting birds can lack the elongate tail streamers. The racket is formed by the inner web of the vane but appears to be on the outer web since the rachis has a twist just above the spatula.

Like other drongos, these feed mainly on insects but also feed on fruits and visit flowering trees for nectar. Having short legs, they sit upright and are often perched on high and exposed branches. They are aggressive and will sometimes mob larger birds especially when nesting. They are often active at dusk.

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Regional Names
  • Assamese:
    ভীমৰাজ
  • Bengali:
    ভীমরাজ
  • Gujarati:
    ભીમરાજ
  • Kannada:
    ಭೀಮರಾಜ, ಭೃಂಗರಾಜ
  • Malayalam:
    ഇരട്ടവാലൻ പക്ഷി
  • Marathi:
    भृंगराज
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Taxanomy

PASSERIFORMES
DICRURIDAE
Dicrurus paradiseus

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

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