No knowing Oz birds well, this sent me to the bookcase and yes your Drongo
is very similar to our Forktailed Drongo ( an all and totally black version
of yours with white windows in the wings in flight).
I had been warned about moulting tails on a birding course by one of the
local experts and still managed to get confused the first time I saw it.
This bird has the same Christmas tree effect and this is not mentioned or
illustrated in any field guides. I have only seen it twice and on the second
occasion was interested that some of the very experienced birders in the
group were also as confused.
Carol de Bruin
Johannesburg, South Africa
From: Andrew Thelander <>
To: birding-aus <>
Date: Monday, March 15, 1999 1:30 AM
Subject: birding-aus TAIL OF IMMATURE DRONGO
>I had the
>company of a curious immature drongo
It frequently opened and closed its tail in a pattern I had never
>noticed before and which is not illustrated in any of the guides
the tail feathers are all of equal length and "fishtail out" at
>the bottom. However, the outer tail feathers of my immature drongo weren't
>as long as the central tail feathers, so that when he fanned his tail, the
>outer feathers stuck out the side, progressively down the tail, rather than
>in a flat line at the bottom. A bit like a treepie,
Has anyone else noticed this? Any
>banders, perhaps? Thanks.
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>Pomona QLD 4568
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