In today’s Birds We See Around series, let me introduce another quite common bird found even in the piles of concrete, the common Indian Drongo or Black Drongo. There are about 10 species of Drongos in India, of which, the Black and Ashy drongos are commonly seen.
The striking feature of a drongo (called ‘finge’ ফিঙে in Bengali) is the forked tail which looks very similar to that of a fish. I discovered this particular bird perching high up on a power supply wire in front of my house. I won’t say it visits my garden like the sparrows or the black redstart for it never has come down to eat anything that we offer to the other birds as drongos mostly feed on insects which they like to hunt aerially. However, the bird comes regularly in the morning and, my guesswork says, it has its nest somewhere nearby.
The drongos build nests generally on the higher branches of tall trees and lay four eggs at a time. They are famous for their aggressive beahaviour and often are seen attacking even larger birds of prey entering its territory. This has earned it an informal name, King-crow. Other smaller birds often like to be in the proximity of a perching drongo. Perhaps, they feel comparatively safer.
I’ve heard its call too; it’s somewhat sharp and distinct. I’ll add an audio if I succeed in recording it.
My other regular avian visitors are doing well and, two more different birds have joined the crowd along with the existing ones. Even the Woodpecker couple pays us occasional visits. In the next part, I’ll showcase one of my newer guests. Till then, tweet, tweet! Chirp chirp!