Bronzed Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus) - HBW 14, p. 207
French: Drongo bronzé
Spanish: Drongo Bronceado
Taxonomy: Dicrurus aeneus Vieillot, 1817, India.
Formerly placed in a monotypic genus, Chaptia. Appears similar to D. remifer in general plumage characteristics (apart from absence of racquets); possibly originates from an ancient form related to D. annectans. Clear trend of decreasing size from N to S. Nominate race intergrades with malayensis in C Peninsular Malaysia (Pahang and N Selangor). Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- aeneus Viellot, 1817 - Indian subcontinent (Himalayan foothills E from Uttar Pradesh, S through hills of Bangladesh to Eastern Ghats, and Western Ghats S from R Tapti), SE Asia (S to C Peninsular Malaysia), and S China (SE Xizang, W & SW Yunnan, S Guangxi, Hainan).
- braunianus ( Swinhoe, 1863) - interior mountains of Taiwan.
- malayensis ( Blyth, 1846) - C Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 19 videos
A bird flycatching, eating a bee using its foot, after removing the sting (then at slow motion at 33%). Locality Hui-Sun Forest Reserve, Nantou County, Taiwan (ssp braunianus)
Josep del Hoyo 19 April 2011 1 year ago 29 sec 4.5
An individual resting in a tree, looking around. Locality Hui-Sun Forest Reserve, Nantou County, Taiwan (ssp braunianus)
Josep del Hoyo 19 April 2011 1 year ago 20 sec 4.3
A bird perched on a branch, stretching the head, rubbing the bill and flying away. Locality Hui-Sun Forest Reserve, Nantou County, Taiwan (ssp braunianus)
Josep del Hoyo 19 April 2011 1 year ago 17 sec 4.3
A bird perched on two different branches. Locality Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Ernakulam District, Kerala, India (ssp aeneus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2009 4 years ago 19 sec 4.3
A bird perched on a branch, later a dorsal view. Locality Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand
Yoel Jimenez 23 November 2010 3 years ago 19 sec 4
A bird on a branch and flying away Locality The Gap Resthouse, Fraser's Hill, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia (ssp aeneus)
Tom Tarrant 31 August 1997 9 years ago 25 sec 4
PhotosSee all 21 photos
A bird on a branch...
Locality Irpala, West Midnapore District, West Bengal, India
Soumyadeep Chatterjee 97 5 November 2013 17 weeks ago 4.5
Accompanying a roving mixed species flock
Locality Hui-Sun Forest Reserve, Nantou County, Taiwan (ssp braunianus ( Swinhoe, 1863) - interior mountains of Taiwan. )
David Cooper 16 November 2013 12 weeks ago 4
A bird perched
Locality Gudalur, The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India (ssp aeneus)
vasanthan.p.j 17 March 2012 1 year ago 3.8
Locality Kaeng Krachan National Park, Western Thailand, Thailand
Marco Valentini 17 March 2013 49 weeks ago 3.8
Adult bird near the nest.
Locality Cat Tien National Park, Cochinchina, Vietnam (ssp aeneus)
Igor Palko 6 April 2010 14 weeks ago 3.7
A bird on a branch.
Locality Purbasthali, Bardhaman District, West Bengal, India
J.M. Garg 20 January 2007 4 years ago 3.7