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Drongo Cuckoo

Drongo Cuckoo
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Tamron SP AF200-500mm f5-6.3 Di LD
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-17 3:28
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Drongo Cuckoo
Size: 25 cm

Similar to the sympatric Bronzed Drongo (F. Dicruridae), but note its thin bill and white barring under tail. A monotypic genus.

An ascending, whistling call of 4-8 notes.

Found in lowland rainforest and along forest edges; occasionally disperses into scrub. It perches high in trees and flies quickly into the nearby scrub when disturbed. During the non-breeding season, it also can be found in mangroves and disturbed habitats. Generally it is inconspicuous, but quite vocal during breeding season. It catches insects and larvae at mid-storey level. It is nest-parasitic and it host are mainly on small members of the babbler family.

An uncommon resident breeder and winter visitor in the islands.

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