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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 10 years ago 25 sec 4
PhotosSee all 22 photos
A bird on a branch...
Locality Irpala, West Midnapore District, West Bengal, India
Soumyadeep Chatterjee 97 5 November 2013 44 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 39 weeks ago 4
A bird perched
Locality Gudalur, The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India (ssp aeneus)
vasanthan.p.j 17 March 2012 2 years ago 3.8
Perched on the Eucalyptus Tree near the entrance to Toda Hut
Locality Government Botanical Gardens , Ooty, The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India
kishoreraghav 25 December 2013 37 weeks ago 3.8
Locality Kaeng Krachan National Park, Western Thailand, Thailand
Marco Valentini 17 March 2013 1 year ago 3.8
Adult bird near the nest.
Locality Cat Tien National Park, Cochinchina, Vietnam (ssp aeneus)
Igor Palko 6 April 2010 41 weeks ago 3.7