I’ve always faced difficulty in shooting a Drongo. One, because of its color. Secondly, because it is shy. However on this birding trip to Sinhagad Valley, this fellow behaved like a model subject. The reason, I discovered later, is that it is attracted to bush fires. A villager had set fire to some dried grass and the Drongo sat transfixed on a branch right opposite the fire.
The Fork-tailed Drongo, Dicrurus adsimilis, also called the Common Drongo, African Drongo or Savanna Drongo, is a drongo, a type of small passerine bird of the Old World tropics. The species was earlier considered to cover Asia, but the Asian species is now called the Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus).
The Fork-tailed Drongo is a common and widespread resident breeder in Africa south of the Sahara. These insect-eating birds are usually found in open forests or bush. These are aggressive and fearless birds, given their small size, and will attack much larger species, including birds of prey if their nest or young are threatened.
The male is mainly glossy black, although the wings are duller. It is large-headed and has the forked tail which gives the species its name. The female is similar but less glossy. The bill is black and heavy, and the eye is red.
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