Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus)

Some new additions have been making their presence keenly felt in the garden these last couple of weeks, the aptly named Spangled Drongo. And for whatever reason I have become quite attached to them.

The bird pictured is a juvenile, as can be deduced by his brown [ahem ...] eye. Adults eyes are red, and very striking.

They can apparently mimic all manner of sounds - but are not particularly tolerant of other bird species and will attempt to see off any winged interloper who can be reasonably bullied. Our resident 'willy wag tail' [coming soon] is having a hell of a time ...

But as I said, I like them. They have pluck, [no pun intended] and a cheeky intelligence that I find hard to resist.

Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus)

Anyway, these birds of whom we now regularly see both adults and young, are extremely acrobatic when hunting their insect prey. And are actually quite handsome - my pics, as always, don't do them justice - hopefully Jo will take some and then you'll see what I mean.

Resting Silhouette

Adults left and right - young in the middle

The name Drongo [according to the Encyclopaedia of Animals: Birds. London: Merehurst Press. pp. 223–224.] is a derivative from the indigenous language of Madagascar ... but what's even more fun, is that here - in good ol' Oz, it's also an insult ... 'what are ya doin' ya bloody Drongo!?'.


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