Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Vocalisation

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“Went to a quiet corner of a residential area outside my condo near the Lower Peirce Reservoir this morning to check on the crow situation. With the Government agencies being so efficient in their control of the crow population, nowadays one hardly see any crow around. For me, who have been observing crows for many years, I know where they hide in my area and can induce them to show up easily. (Recently I had a picture which counted 70 flying crows. I was a bit slow, otherwise there could be more than a hundred in the picture.)

“When I got down from my car, I was greeted by a number of raucous crows flying overhead. When I looked around, I saw this Drongo perching on a new frond of a Royal Palm bending under its weight (attached image). It probably was annoyed and protested at the noisy crows.

“I have uploaded an edited video showing the vocalisation of this drongo. It can be viewed here:

“It is evident from this video that the bird expends a lot of energy when it vocalise, as the whole body shakes.”

Sun Chong Hong
20th October 2010

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