Bronzed Drongo nesting

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Willis documented a nesting Bronzed Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus) in April 2006 brooding two chicks and is sharing the images with us (above).

Bronzed Drongo is a common resident in the Malay Peninsula. It was seen in Singapore decades ago but not any more. Loss of rainforest habitats would be the main reason.

The nest is an open cup precariously attached to a horizontal twig with fibres, vines, slender stems and roots that also make up the outer surface. There also appears to be traces of spider’s silk, unlike one nest reported in Wells (2007) where it is “solidly felted with cobwebs”.

A full clutch is usually two eggs, although there were instances of three and four.

All images by willis.

Wells, D.R. (2007). The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsular. Vol. II, Passerines. Christopher Helm, London.

This post is a cooperative effort between and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

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