Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus) Hei juanwei
(30 cm.) Glossy blue-black; very long, deeply-forked tail
The Black Drongo is a strange looking bird which is a member of the bird tribe, “Dicrurini”, the drongos. This tribe which was once considered a family includes seven species which can be found in
Black Drongo is also known as “King Crow”, although not a member of the crow
The Black Drongo is one of the most instantly recognizable birds in
due to its all black plumage and deeply forked tail. No other bird in China is all
black with a deeply forked tail. Another drongo species, the Crow-billed Drongo
is uniformly black only a slight fork in its tail. The distinctive silhouette
of the Black Drongo can often be seen as the bird perches on telephone wire on
The Black Drongo is an aggressive bird which frequently attacks larger birds such as crows and birds of prey which have the audacity to invade its territory.
The range of this species includes all of
and southeast Asia. In India ,
it is found in summer throughout most of the eastern and central part of the
country. It is a year long resident in Hainan and China . Taiwan
Black Drongos are active very early in the morning in the search of their favorite food, insects. They eat many large insects such as grasshoppers, cicadas, wasps, bees, dragonflies, and beetles. They perch and wait for flying insects in the manner of a flycatcher, and actively chase insects on the wing. At other times the will feed on the ground. In addition to insects, this bird will eat reptiles, other birds and even bats.