The fork-tailed drongo, also called the common drongo, African drongo, or savanna drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis) is an aggressive and fearless bird, given their small size, and will attack much larger species, including birds of prey if their nest or young are threatened. The male is mainly glossy black, although the wings are duller. It is large-headed and has the forked tail which gives the species its name. The female is similar but less glossy. The bill is black and heavy, and the eye is red. The fork-tailed drongo is 25 cm long. It has short legs and sits very upright whilst perched prominently, like a shrike.

Habitat and Distribution

The fork-tailed drongo is a common and widespread resident breeder in Africa south of the Sahara usually found in open forests or bush


It flycatches insects or take prey from the ground and is attracted to bush fires.


Two to four eggs are laid in a cup nest in a fork high in a tree.

Calls and Songs

The call is a metallic strink-strink. The fork-tailed drongo in Africa are capable of using deceptive mimicked alarm calls to steal food from birds and animals such as meerkats.