Drongos (Dicruridae)

Wallacean Drongo (Dicrurus densus) - HBW 14, p. 215

French: Drongo de la Sonde German: Wallacedrongo Spanish: Drongo de Wallacea
Other common names: Greater Wallacean Drongo (densus)

Taxonomy: Dicrourus [sic] densus Bonaparte, 1850, Timor.
Formerly considered conspecific with D. hottentottus; the two may form a superspecies with D. menagei, D. montanus, D. sumatranus, D. balicassius, D. bracteatus and D. megarhynchus. Taxonomy of drongos inhabitating Lesser Sundas requires more detailed studies, both of molecular genetics and of vocalizations. Apparently no direct connection between race megalornis of present species and race amboiensis of D. bracteatus, despite extreme proximity of Gorong Is (occupied by former) to E tip of Seram, in SE Moluccas (occu.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Dicrourus [sic] densus Bonaparte, 1850, Timor.
Formerly considered conspecific with D. hottentottus; the two may form a superspecies with D. menagei, D. montanus, D. sumatranus, D. balicassius, D. bracteatus and D. megarhynchus. Taxonomy of drongos inhabitating Lesser Sundas requires more detailed studies, both of molecular genetics and of vocalizations. Apparently no direct connection between race megalornis of present species and race amboiensis of D. bracteatus, despite extreme proximity of Gorong Is (occupied by former) to E tip of Seram, in SE Moluccas (occupied by latter). Supposedly smaller race renschi (described from Sumbawa) treated as synonym of bimaensis, type locality of which also Sumbawa. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • vicinus Rensch, 1928 - Lombok, in W Lesser Sundas.
  • bimaensis Wallace, 1864 - Sumbawa, Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Pantar, Alor and Gunungapi.
  • sumbae Rensch, 1931 - Sumba.

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  • vicinus Rensch, 1928 - Lombok, in W Lesser Sundas.
  • bimaensis Wallace, 1864 - Sumbawa, Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Pantar, Alor and Gunungapi.
  • sumbae Rensch, 1931 - Sumba.
  • densus Bonaparte, 1850 - Roti, Timor, Wetar and Sermata.
  • kuehni E. J. O. Hartert, 1901 - Tanimbar Is, in extreme E Lesser Sundas.
  • megalornis G. R. Gray, 1858 - Gorong I, Watubela Is and Kai Is, in SE Moluccas.