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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Square-tailed Drongo

Afrikaans name: Kleinbyvanger

Square-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus ludwigii)

Square-tailed Drongo

Photo © Steven Herbert

Dicrurus ludwigii

The Square-tailed Drongo is not as familiar to people as its close relative the Fork-tailed Drongo. While Fork-tailed Drongo's are often found in open woodland and gardens the Square-tailed Drongo prefers areas with more trees.

As their name implies these Drongo's lack the deep fork in their tails.

They can be quite aggressive towards other birds or animals that threaten them or their nests. Birds of prey are routinely harassed and chased away.

Square-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus ludwigii)

Photo © Steven Herbert

In South Africa they are pretty much restricted to the coastal areas of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

Their diet is almost entirely made up of insects but they do feed on nectar from time to time.

They breed in summer and make their nests where a branch forks into two.

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References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 52

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 56

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 475

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 469

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 302

List of South African Birds

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