Monday, April 14, 2014

Creature Feature #177: Drongo

The term "Drongo" originates from Madagascar, but is now attributed to 26 different species spread throughout the Old World tropics. He is a bird of relatively small size with an aggressive termperament, fearlessly defending his territory from intruders. His main diet consists of insects, although he will taste fruit and nectar as well. Rather a vocal bird, the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo of Asia is noted to imitate the alarm calls of other birds and will, on occasion, join mixed-species flocks. Within these flocks, he may mimic the hunting cry of a raptor and, when the other birds panic and flee, take the opportunity to steal their food.

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