Drongos (Dicruridae)

Square-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus ludwigii) - HBW 14, p. 219

French: Drongo de Ludwig German: Geradschwanzdrongo Spanish: Drongo de Ludwig
Other common names: Sharpe's Drongo (sharpei)

Taxonomy: Edolius ludwigii A. Smith, 1834, Durban, South Africa.
Recent DNA studies indicate that closest relative is D. atripennis. Distinctive race sharpei may merit treatment as a separate species. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • sharpei Oustalet, 1879 - S Senegal E to Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, S Sudan, Uganda and W Kenya, extending S to N Angola and N DRCongo.
  • muenzneri Reichenow, 1915 - S Somalia, E & SE Kenya, and E & S Tanzania.
  • saturnus Clancey, 1976 - Angola (W escarpment E to Moxico), SE DRCongo (Katanga) and Zambia.

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  • sharpei Oustalet, 1879 - S Senegal E to Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, S Sudan, Uganda and W Kenya, extending S to N Angola and N DRCongo.
  • muenzneri Reichenow, 1915 - S Somalia, E & SE Kenya, and E & S Tanzania.
  • saturnus Clancey, 1976 - Angola (W escarpment E to Moxico), SE DRCongo (Katanga) and Zambia.
  • tephrogaster Clancey, 1975 - S Malawi, E Zimbabwe, and Mozambique (N of R Limpopo).
  • ludwigii ( A. Smith, 1834) - E South Africa, Swaziland and S Mozambique.