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Drongos (Dicruridae)

Bronzed Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus) - HBW 14, p. 207

French: Drongo bronzé German: Bronzedrongo 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.