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Black Drongo

Black Drongo
Photo Information
Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-12-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-12-21 5:35
Viewed: 2076
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday afternoon, I shot this Black Drongo too while it shared the tree with a White-throated Kingfisher.
It is difficult to get the eye of this bird in clear view because of its black head. I was lucky to get the timing right in this shot to capture the catch-light in its eye.

The Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus) is a small Asian passerine bird of the drongo family Dicruridae. It is a common resident breeder in much of tropical southern Asia from southwest Iran through India and Sri Lanka east to southern China and Indonesia. It is a wholly black bird with a distinctive forked tail and measures 28 cm (11 in) in length. Feeding on insects, it is common in open agricultural areas and light forest throughout its range, perching conspicuously on a bare perch or along power or telephone lines. The species is famous for its aggressive behaviour towards much larger birds, such as crows, never hesitating to dive-bomb any birds of prey that invades its territory. The informal name of King Crow is based on this behaviour. Smaller birds often nest in the well-guarded vicinity of a nesting Black Drongo. Previously considered a subspecies (Dicrurus adsimilis macrocercus) of the African Fork-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis), it is now recognized as a full species.

The Black Drongo has been introduced to some Pacific islands, where it has thrived and become abundant to the point of threatening and causing the extinction of native and endemic bird species there.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-12-21 6:06]

Hello Ram,
Wonderful presentation of this Black Drongo in an ideal pose and composition. Excellent sharpness and beautiful colours.

Hi Ram,
beautiful bird. Excellent point of view. Nice composition.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • tree Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 14] (8)
  • [2012-12-21 8:54]

Hi Ram,
I am unfamiliar with this bird but I too like the pose and composition.

Nice capture of the black drongo. I have never seen one of these before in a photo, only in an illustration in an aves illustrated book. Your image shows just how beautiful these birds really are. :)

Ciao Ram, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-12-21 14:18]

Hi Ram,a very elegant way to show us this specie in this border,beautiful pose,excellent exposure and good details too (not the best..eheh).Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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