Drongos


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Drongos

 

(Dicruridae), a family of birds of the order Passeriformes. The body is 25-39 cm long. The coloration is black with a metallic luster, less frequently, gray. The wings are short and rounded. The tail consists of 10-12 rectrices, with the outer ones usually elongated and deeply forked at the tips. The beak is strong, with stiff bristles at the base. There are 20 species, found in the tropics and subtropics of the eastern hemisphere; some species inhabit the temperate latitudes. In the USSR (Primor’e) there are two species—the black drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus) and hair-crested drongo (D. hottentota), which occur as migratory birds. Drongos are forest birds and feed on insects. Their nest is cup-shaped and is built in the forks of branches; the eggs are multicolored.

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If drongos faked one alarm too often, victims could learn to ignore it, says Tom Flower of the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
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The active primary moult was a potential indication of a 1st winter bird, although it could not be determined whether this is conclusive evidence, due to a lack of literature on the ageing of drongos.
That was when drongos voted Kate Lawler to win the whole thing.
As I hosed the sick out of the Gents and sponged sprog from stubborn lavatory lids and had to fetch lunch orders for men without wit of any kind, I quite naturally followed the spoken satire of drongos who had nothing to lose but their boredom.
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Achieving mid-table unrespectability is the Hand and Heart, consistently offering a fine, spiky selection of loud guitars and attitude and keeping up the good work this Saturday with a four band line-up of Drongos For Europe, Sister Automatic, Smoke Like A Fish and Four Foot Fingers.
I've seen tickbirds and fork-tailed drongos haunt game animals in Africa (one drongo in Botswana seemed to think our hunting car was an oddly shaped elephant and followed us for days) and several kinds of American birds may catch insects stirred up by the hooves of grazing cattle.
In the case of the last proverb--the drongo says: if he had known that the palm nuts were going to ripen, then he would not have married the raffia palm with a twisted leg--it is recognizable by its form as a proverb; speaker and hearers of such a proverb mutually know (in the technical sense introduced above) that drongos don't speak and that one kind of ebe begins "The such-and-such says:.
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Give yourself up then to bird-spotting: drongos, thrushes, bulbuls, the elusive jungle fowl and many colourful others that need an expert to identify.
The resident birds are kites, flycatchers, owls, kingfishers, woodpeckers and drongos.