The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Square-tailed Drongo

Afrikaans name: Kleinbyvanger

Square-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus ludwigii)

Square-tailed Drongo

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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.

References and further reading

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 49

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 213

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 288

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

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

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

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 353

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 364

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 275

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 296

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 296

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

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 212

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 86

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 178

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 194

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 211

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 52

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

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