White-bellied Drongo

Balicassius caerulescens Buchanga caerulescens

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The White-bellied Drongo is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The White-bellied Drongo (Dicrurus caerulescens) is a species of drongos found only in South Asia, mainly in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Like other members of the family Dicruridae they are insectivorous and is mainly black in colour but with a white belly and vent. Young birds are however all black and can be confused with the Black Drongo although smaller and more compact in appearance and the subspecies found in Sri Lanka has white restricted to the vent. More

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. More

The White-bellied Drongo is a resident breeder in India and Sri Lanka. Breeding / Nesting This species is usually found in open forest and well-wooded habitats. Two to four eggs are laid in a cup nest in a tree. These are aggressive and fearless birds, 24 cm in length, and will attack much larger species if their nest or young are threatened. More

White-bellied Drongo (Dicrurus caerulescens) is a widespread resident in India. More

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White-bellied Drongo (Dicrurus caerulescens) is a scarce breeding resident in Haryana. This bird is found in the wooded areas. More

White-bellied Drongo - birds of north India - North India - PASSERIFORMES - Birding - Birders north-india. More

Order : Passeriformes
Family : Dicruridae
Genus : Dicrurus
Species : caerulescens
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1758)