Common Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis)
aka Fork-tailed Drongo, African Drongo & Savanna Drongo

The Common Drongo is a small bird of 10" (25cm), completely black, with a long, forked tail. I have found that its glossy black is shades of extremely dark blue, in certain lights. It is distinguished by its red eye, making it completely different to other black birds. It has a very 'heavy' black bill, with whiskers to each side. When flying, the underneath of its wings are a silver colour.

The Common Drongo is usually seen alone, or in pairs. It perches proudly upright, often in Acacia.

The Common Drongo eats insects. They wait patiently, before swooping down to take their prey either on the wing or ground, returning to their perch and hold it with their toes, while devouring it.

The Common Drongo is seen all over Kenya, below 2,200m. It is commonly seen high up in woodlands, savanna, edges of forests and cultivated areas.

Extra Facts
The Common Drongo is very aggressive towards crows and birds of prey that enter its territory, dive-bombing them to drive them off - especially when nesting.
The Common Drongo is brood parasited by the African Cuckoo, who displaces an egg from the saucer-shaped nest and replaces it with one of their own.

Photographed in Kenya's Olare Orok Conservancy and Nairobi National Park.

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Common Drongo ~ on Acacia

Common Drongo, perched high-up in an Acacia tree.

Common Drongo ~ Preening

Common Drongo, preening, showing silver-grey flight feathers underneath.

Common Drongo ~ Forked Tail

Common Drongo, perched, showing its long forked tail.

Common Drongo ~ Face-on

Common Drongo, perched precariously on the end of a branch.

Common Drongo ~ Scratching

Common Drongo, scratching its chin, while perched on a tree in Kenya's Olare Orok Conservancy.