RE: Spangled Drongo Pruning Leaves

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Subject: RE: Spangled Drongo Pruning Leaves
From: "Lee & Margi" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 19:32:54 +1000
Hi all,


A couple of days ago I was watching a pair of Spangled Drongos in a Silky
Oak tree in my backyard (Hervey Bay QLD), each was on a different branch and
one bird would tear a small section of the leaf off, wave it around and then
either drop or throw it at its mate.  After one had dropped its leaf section
the other would then do the same thing on its own branch.  This went on for
about 5mins before they flew off together.


We get a lot of Spangled Drongos in the yard and the area in general, but
this is the first time I have seen this behaviour.  Coincidentally, a couple
of days later I got the latest Wingspan from the library and there is a
letter from a reader with a similar observation asking for info on this


Has anyone else observed this leaf pruning from Spangled Drongos?







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