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Spangled Drongo turning its prey

(Dicrurus bracteatus)
Alternate name(s): "Drongo", "Fishtail", "Drongo-shrike"; Misnomer: "King-crow"
Size: 28-32 cm
Weight: 70-105 g

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In January 2018 P. Brown observed in Darwin, NT, how a Spangled Drongo turns its prey before swallowing. All photos and audio information shown on this page have been kindly contributed by P. Brown.

Spangled Drongo with a gecko it has just caught (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Darwin, NT, January 2018]

After wacking its prey dead, the Spangled Drongo tries to bring the body into a longitudinal position (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Darwin, NT, January 2018]

Then it throws the body up in the air... (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Darwin, NT, January 2018]

... and catches it at the right angle to fit down the gullet (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Darwin, NT, January 2018]

Below some calls recorded that the bird made just after finishing its meal.


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

spdrong_pb_20180110.m4a baileyi
(Darwin, NT)
Feeding calls? © PB

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