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 11 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 1 year ago 21 sec 4.7
bird perched Locality Morjim, North Goa District, Goa, India
Keith and Lynn Youngs 28 November 2012 41 weeks ago 21 sec 4.3
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 5 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 5 years ago 18 sec 3.8
Adult perched and calling Locality Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India (ssp caerulescens)
Greg Baker 17 March 2011 4 years ago 17 sec 3.8
A front view of an individual perched on a cable Locality Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka (ssp leucopygialis)
Greg Baker 3 February 2014 1 year ago 15 sec 3.8
PhotosSee all 27 photos
Perched on a stone
Locality Kandy, Central Province, Sri Lanka
Marco Valentini 5 January 2014 1 year ago 3.8
male and female sitting beside a freshly made nest
Locality Sri Lanka
Vyatich 5 March 2013 2 years ago 3.8
on a tree
Locality North Goa District, Goa, India
Lior Kislev 10 February 2011 3 years ago 3.7
White-bellied Drongo (Dicrurus caerulescens)
Locality Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India
Jacques Erard 5 January 2014 44 weeks ago 3.7
Perched high of a tree.
Locality Kithulgala, Central Province, Sri Lanka (ssp leucopygialis)
Fran Trabalon 1 January 2012 3 years ago 3.7
Bird perched on a branch feeding from a grasshopper
Locality Galle, Southern Province, Sri Lanka (ssp leucopygialis)
MichaelP 14 April 2015 15 weeks ago 3.5
Display calls in morning Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 April 2007 5 years ago 4.5
Has large variety of sweet calls Locality Kota, Kota District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 March 1985 5 years ago 4
Courtship calls in morning Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 February 2006 5 years ago 4