Common Drongo
(Fork-tailed Drongo)

Dicrurus adsimilis

Common Drongo, Dicrurus adsimilis, photo © by Michael Plagens

Indian Ocean coast at Malindi, Kenya. December 2011.

These birds maintain a posture and behavior similar to the shrikes. The black plumage and distinctly forked tail together with reddish eyes make it easily recognizable. Food is almost exclusively insects gleaned from the ground. A commonly seen bird in many disturbed habitats across Kenya and Africa.

Dicruidae -- Drongo Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

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Kenya Natural History

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