White-bellied Drongo (Dicrurus caerulescens) - HBW 14, p. 221
French: Drongo à ventre blanc
Spanish: Drongo Ventriblanco
Other common names: Indian White-bellied Drongo (caerulescens); Ceylon White-bellied Drongo (insularis); White-vented Drongo (leucopygialis)
Taxonomy: Lanius caerulescens Linnaeus, 1758, Bengal, India.
May be related to D. leucophaeus. On mainland, nominate race exhibits decrease in size and reduction in extent of white on abdomen from N to S; overlap in individual measurements of wing and tail, however, is c. 50%, and more than that for bill, so that determination of geographical distinctions not possible. Sri Lanka races insularis and leucopygialis intergrade. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- caerulescens ( Linnaeus, 1758) - India S from Haryana and E Gujarat, E along lower slopes of Himalayas to S Nepal, and to West Bengal and C Orissa.
- insularis ( Sharpe, 1877) - N & SE Sri Lanka.
- leucopygialis Blyth, 1846 - SW Sri Lanka.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 10 videos
A front view of an individual perched on a wire Locality Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Kandy, Central Province, Sri Lanka (ssp leucopygialis)
Greg Baker 28 January 2014 14 weeks ago 21 sec 4.5
Several views of a bird flying from one perch to another one. Locality Masinagudi-Ooty Road, The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India (ssp caerulescens)
Josep del Hoyo 10 December 2009 4 years ago 28 sec 4
Birds shown with a few variety of calls in background Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 April 2006 4 years ago 18 sec 3.8
Adult perched and calling Locality Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India (ssp caerulescens)
Greg Baker 17 March 2011 3 years ago 17 sec 3.8
A front view of an individual perched on a cable Locality Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka (ssp leucopgygialis)
Greg Baker 3 February 2014 9 weeks ago 15 sec 3.8
Perched bird, eventually flying off. Locality Topslip-Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park (Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary), Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu, India
Ron Hoff 12 December 2011 31 weeks ago 13 sec 3.3
PhotosSee all 22 photos
Perched on a stone
Locality Kandy, Central Province, Sri Lanka
Marco Valentini 5 January 2014 20 weeks ago 4.3
male and female sitting beside a freshly made nest
Locality Sri Lanka
Vyatich 5 March 2013 1 year ago 3.8
on a tree
Locality North Goa District, Goa, India
Lior Kislev 10 February 2011 2 years ago 3.7
Perched high of a tree.
Locality Kithulgala, Central Province, Sri Lanka (ssp leucopygialis)
Fran Trabalon 1 January 2012 2 years ago 3.7
Perched on a wire.
Locality Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka (ssp insularis.)
Athula Edirisinghe 5 October 2013 10 weeks ago 3.5
Glossy black above with white belly
Locality Anaikatty, Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu, India
Mohamed Samsoor Ali 12 September 2012 1 year ago 3.5
Display calls in morning Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 April 2007 4 years ago 4.5
Has large variety of sweet calls Locality Kota, Kota District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 March 1985 4 years ago 4
Courtship calls in morning Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 February 2006 4 years ago 4