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Drongo paradise - Dicrurus paradiseus, species

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Detachment:
Passeriformes
Family:
Dicruridae
Genus:
Dicrurus

Scientific:
Dicrurus paradiseus

citation:
(Linnaeus, 1766)

Reference:
Syst.Nat.ed.12 p.172

Protonym:
Cuculus paradiseus

Avibase ID:
2042CD4209B252E5

Taxonomic Serial Number:
TSN: 559773

Geographic range:

  • Dicrurus paradiseus paradiseus: S India to s Thailand and Indochina
  • Dicrurus paradiseus grandis: N India to n Myanmar and n Vietnam
  • Dicrurus paradiseus rangoonensis: Central India to s Myanmar, w Thailand and Indochina
  • Dicrurus paradiseus johni: Hainan (s China)
  • Dicrurus paradiseus hypoballus: northern Thai-Malay Peninsula, broadly intergrades with platurus
  • Dicrurus paradiseus platurus: southern Thai-Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, and adjacent islands
  • Dicrurus paradiseus ceylonicus: Sri Lanka
  • Dicrurus paradiseus otiosus: Andaman Islands
  • Dicrurus paradiseus nicobariensis: Nicobar Islands
  • Dicrurus paradiseus banguey: Islands off north Borneo
  • Dicrurus paradiseus brachyphorus: Borneo
  • Dicrurus paradiseus microlophus: North Natuna Islands
  • Dicrurus paradiseus formosus: Java
  • Show more.

Sources recognizing this taxon

Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 07 (Feb 2020):
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v4 (Dec 2019):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v5 (Dec 2020):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.6 incl. 2011 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.7 incl. 2012 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.8 incl. 2013 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.9 incl. 2014 revisions):
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Clements, version 2015:
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Clements, version 2016:
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Clements, version 2017:
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Clements, version 2018:
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Clements, version 2019:
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eBird version 1.52:
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eBird version 2015:
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eBird version 2016:
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eBird version 2017:
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eBird version 2018:
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eBird version 2019:
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Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (01/31/2015):
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.6:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 11.1:
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Working Group Avian Checklists, version 0.01:
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Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Dicrurus paradiseus [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

View status: full species (sometimes nominal subspecies)

This taxon is a subspecies of Dicrurus [paradiseus or lophorinus] (sensu lato) by some authors

Home> Abstract> History

Paradise drongo (lat.Dicrurus paradiseus) is a songbird of the drong family.

The body length is 63 cm, while 35 cm falls on a long, forked tail, whose elongated outer feathers have a long feather barrel with a wide flag at the end. The dark plumage casts a blue-green color. Another distinguishing feature is a loose, backward-bending crest. The call of the paradise drongo sounds harsh, the singing contains melodic, whistling sounds, as well as imitations of other birds.

The area of ​​distribution of the paradise drongo stretches from India east through the Himalayas to southern China and south to the islands of Borneo, Java and Bali. It lives mainly in rain and bamboo forests.

Paradise drongo feeds mainly on insects. He looks for them in the foliage or catches them in flight. He often joins groups of other insectivorous birds to scare away insects in the thickets of plants together and thus easily capture them. The Paradise Drongo is considered aggressive and brave and also attacks large birds if they pose a threat to its brood.

In the Nicobar Islands, the paradise drongo unites in search of food with goshawks and blunt-like hawks.

A bowl-shaped nest is built in a fork of a tall tree of plant material, glued together with cobwebs. Clutch consists of 3-4 eggs.

Sri Lankan subspecies D. p. ceylonicus does not have elongated tail feathers.

Boehme R.L., Flint V.E. A five-language dictionary of animal names. Birds. Latin, Russian, English, German, French. / under the general editorship of Acad. V.E.Sokolova. - M .: Rus. lang., "RUSSO", 1994. - P. 462. - 2030 copies. - ISBN 5-200-00643-0

Number of species in "sister" taxa

viewDrongo paradiseDicrurus paradiseusLinnaeus1766
genusDrongoDicrurusVieillot1816
familyDrongovyeDicruridae
superfamilyPasserinesPasseroidea
infraorderPasserinesPasserida
suborder / suborderSingersOscines
detachment / orderPasserinesPasseriformes
superorder / superorderNew Sky Birds (Typical Birds)NeognathaePycroft1900
infraclassReal birds (Fan-tailed birds)NeornithesGadow1893
subclassCilegrud Birds (Fantail Birds)Carinatae Ornithurae (Neornithes) Ornithurae (Neornithes)Merrem1813
classBirdsAves
superclassFour-leggedTetrapodaBroili1913
subtype / subdivisionVertebrates (Cranial)Vertebrata (Craniata)Cuvier1800
type / departmentChordatesChordata
supertypeCoelomic animalsCoelomata
sectionBilaterally symmetrical (Three-layer)Bilateria (Triploblastica)
suprasectionEumetazoiEumetazoa
subkingdomMulticellular animalsMetazoa
kingdomAnimalsAnimalia
super-kingdomNuclearEukaryotaChatton1925
empireCellular
Drongo paradise (rangoonensis)Dicrurus paradiseus rangoonensisGould1836

Interspecific bird conflicts are explained by competition and hybridization

Many animals jealously guard their territory from the invasion of strangers. This is logical when it comes to a representative of its own species. However, an individual belonging to a different species often becomes the object of attack. For a long time, it was believed that such interspecific territoriality was just a by-product of the intraspecific one. In other words, the owner attacks the stranger by mistake, mistaking him for a relative.

However, new evidence suggests that protecting an area from other species is adaptive. It can arise and persist when different species compete for a particular resource, such as food or shelter.

A team of zoologists led by Jonathan P. Drury of the University of Durham conducted a massive study of interspecies competition for territory using the example of North American passerines. After analyzing the literature, scientists found that this behavior is typical for 104 of their species. This is 32.3 percent of the total number of passerine species in North America. Thus, interspecies competition is more widespread than previously thought.

According to the authors, in most cases, birds come into conflict over territory with a representative of one specific species. There are several factors that increase the chances of forming a pair of competing species. For example, birds that live in the same biotope, have similar sizes and nest in hollows are more likely to be involved in conflicts over territory. For species belonging to the same family, another factor plays an important role - the probability of hybridization. If two species are capable of interbreeding with each other, their males are likely to react aggressively to each other.

Based on the data obtained, the researchers concluded that interspecific conflicts for territory among birds do not arise at all by mistake. This behavior is an adaptive response to competition for a limited resource, as well as a mechanism to prevent hybridization between closely related species.

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