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August 20, 2022

Dicrurus bracteatus (lat.) (possible Russian name - sparkling drongo) is a species of bird of the drongo family. It can be recognized by its forked tail and blood red eyes. For the most part, members of this species feed on flying insects, as well as occasional fruits. The sparkling drongo has complex and varied calls, and mimics the voices of other species.


The following subspecies are distinguished: D.b. amboinensis Grey, 1861 D.b. buruensis Hartert, 1919 D.b. morotensis Vaurie, 1946 D.b. atrocaeruleus Grey, 1861 D.b. carbonarius Bonaparte, 1850 D.b. baileyi Mathews, 1912 D.b. atrabectus Schodde & Mason, 1999 D.b. bracteatus Gould, 1843 D.b. laemostictus Sclater, 1877 D.b. meeki Rothschild & Hartert, 1903 D.b. longirostris Ramsay, 1882


The plumage of Dicrurus bracteatus is mostly glossy black with blue-green highlights that are absent in juveniles. The eyes are blood red in adults and dark (brown) in young birds. The tail is forked and long, curving at the end. The beak of representatives of this species is curved.


As a rule, Dicrurus bracteatus is easily seen and behaves noisily. In addition, he is usually active and also aggressive with members of other species.


Representatives of this species mainly make one clutch per season. Sparkling drongos, as a rule, attach their nests to a branch, both male and female build them. The nest is a shallow bowl of vines, twigs, and grass held together with cobwebs. Both parents incubate and take care of the chicks. Glittering drongos defend their nest from intruders. Dicrurus bracteatus can interbreed with paradise drongos.


Dicrurus bracteatus is found in eastern and northern Australia, eastern Indonesia (Moluccas), the Solomon Islands and New Guinea. They prefer to live in forests in hilly areas and in lowlands, love forest edges and coasts.