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drongo

(drŏng`gō), any of the insect-eating Old World birds of the family Dicruridae. Most species have black plumage with an iridescent purple or green shimmer and long, deeply forked tails. They have long pointed wings and stout, hooked bills ornamented with long bristles about the mouth. Most have ornamental crests or head plumes. Drongos range in body length from 7 to 15 in. (18–38 cm); the tail in some species is as long as 28 in. (71 cm). Solitary, arboreal birds of forests, wooded savannas, and fields, drongos are most numerous in S Asia, but also occur in S Africa and NE Australia. Typical of the family is the king crow, Dicrurus macrocerus, found from India to Java and Taiwan. Drongos are powerful, aggressive birds and will drive off birds much larger than themselves, incidentally providing protection to more docile species that nest in the same trees. Members of some species follow cattle in order to feed on the associated insects. There are about 20 drongo species, classified in two genera, Dicrurus and Chaetorhynchus, of the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Dicruridae.

drongo

any insectivorous songbird of the family Dicruridae, of the Old World tropics, having a glossy black plumage, a forked tail, and a stout bill
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Let it suffice to note loose references to a woodpecker or two, hornbills and munias, while only the racket-tailed drongo and white-crested laughing thrush are named unambigously in connection with omen-bearing for several tribes (the latter bird is not known in Borneo anyway).
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For example, although the authors discuss the brood-parasitic habits of the Eurasian cuckoos at great length, they fail to mention the uncanny resemblance between the Oriental drongo-cuckoos (Sumiculus) and the unrelated drongos (Dicrurus), a fascinating case of mimicry that is probably also an adaptation to brood parasitism.
The drongo calls out an alarm as if a predator were approaching.
A plane" he said, with a broad smile as though I was a bit of a drongo (weirdo/sap), "saw the fair was on and thought I'd take a bit of a squizz and see if there were any business opportunities.
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90); and the birds on the horizontal malanggan panel in Figs 117-118 are representations of the New Ireland drongo (Dicrurus megarhynchus), not the frigate bird (cf.
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