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Friday, January 11, 2013

Sprangled Drongo

The Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus) is a bird of the family Dicruridae.
The Spangled Drongo is the only Drongo to be found in Australia. "Drongo" is Australian slang for "idiot", possibly referring to the bird's uninhibited and sometimes comical behaviour as it swoops and perches in search of insects, small birds and occasionally, small skinks.
Whilst this bird is often silent, it sometimes makes astonishingly loud, complex and entertaining calls that may sound like a "sneeze".
The most remarkable characteristic of its appearance is its tail, which is described by Morcombe as "long, outcurved and forked"and on first examination looks like its feathers are crossed over - like crossing your fingers.
Its basically black plumage is iridescent with blue and purple highlights. When it - seasonally - visits urban areas it is easily tamed by throwing small pieces of raw meat into the air, when it will accurately swoop and catch them mid-air.
The Spangled Drongo is an amazing mimic taking most of her vocabulary from the sounds she hears and weaving them into her own virtuoso aria.

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