glossy black; red iris; moderately forked tail (Australia; 2006-06-20)

Spangled Dongo
Dicrurus bracteatus

Native Range: Australian Region

Notes: drongos (Dicruridae) comprise about two dozen species mostly native to Asia and Africa; they are slender, dark-colored (usually black) birds that tend to be highly noticeable because they often sit and make sallies from prominent perches; most of the species have long forked tails and are omnivorous, eating insects, berries and other food items; the Spangled Drongo is the only drongo in Australia, where it is found along the northern and eastern coasts; no sexual dimorphism.

distinctive silhouette; often perches in open sites (Australia; 2006-06-20)

strong and slightly decurved bill (Australia; 2006-06-20)

tail feathers seem to flare out to create forked look (Australia; 2006-06-20)