BFCS or Drongo

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Subject: BFCS or Drongo
From: Peter Morgan <>
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2015 08:33:54 +0000
Further to our earlier email on the leucistic Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike.
We spoke to a local, Sue, who has a terrific collection of bird photos, among 
which are good ones of this bird.  Her advice through contacts in Birds in 
Backyards is that the bird is a young Spangled Drongo, based on the black eye 
and the tail-shape.  

We still have some difficulty with this as the tail doesn't show the fishtail 
feathers (though there is a bit of an indentation in the middle).  Bev saw the 
typical wing movement of the Cuckoo-shrike when it landed. 

 We had no calls, and Sue said she hasn't heard it call at all.

Since I wrote the above, we've talked to Sue again and looked at the photos 
together with the apps, and we are swinging back to Sue's ID.  She first 
noticed the bird in June.

A couple of points someone might comment on:
•. Birds can shuffle their wings however they like, but how likely would it be 
for a Drongo?
•. When does the fishtail on a Drongo develop?  
•. We saw a Drongo once that had the fishtail feathers half way down the tail, 
and assume they come down and replace the other feathers.


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