Greater Racket-tailed Drongo | Calling

Written By Parag Kokane on Monday, April 5, 2021 | 3:23 PM

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.

Greater racket-tailed drongo has variety of metallic calls; in this video we are showing some of these calls while we were on the fields at the different times. All videos were taken handheld hence have some shakes.

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