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Scientific name: Dicrurus adsimilis

IUCN: Least Concern

Status: Common resident in woodland, savanna and plantations.

Voice: Various loud, grating & shrill notes, mimic of birds of prey. 


The Fork-tailed Drongo (dicrurus adsimilis) is a species of bird native to many parts of Southern Africa. This drongo is found in a variety of habitats, including savannas, woodlands, and suburban areas. It is a relatively common sight in the region, and its range includes parts of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.


The Fork-tailed Drongo is a medium-sized, black bird with a forked tail and distinctive white patches on its wings and tail. Its diet consists mainly of insects, which it captures in mid-air. It also feeds on small lizards, frogs, and fruit. This bird is an important species in the Southern African ecosystem, and its presence can be a sign of a healthy, balanced environment.

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