Hair-crested Drongo

Hair-crested Drongo
Hair-crested Drongo
Adult in Singapore
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Dicruridae
Genus: Dicrurus
Species: D. hottentottus
Binomial name
Dicrurus hottentottus
(Linnaeus, 1766)

The Hair-crested Drongo (Dicrurus hottentottus) is an Asian bird of the family Dicruridae. This species was formerly considered conspecific with Dicrurus bracteatus, for which the name "Spangled Drongo" – formerly used for both – is now usually reserved. Some authorities include the Sumatran Drongo (D. sumatranus) in D. hottentottus as subspecies (Lepage 2003).

It is native from India and Bhutan through Indochina to China, Indonesia, and Brunei (BirdLife International 2008). Hair-crested Drongos move in small flocks and are very noisy.


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