Drongo for ID (especially from the song)

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I am hoping someone will have experience with the song of this drongo. I saw this drongo singing high up over a section of primary forest (below, a composite distant image). There were no other drongos around that were visible.

The calls were loud, musical and carried well. No other calls or imitations were made. I am considering the Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus) or the Crow-billed Drongo (Dicrurus annectens) both of which fit the bird I saw and make musical songs like these. Have listened to a lot of recording on xeno-canto but cannot find a fit. The bill does look prominent but, at the distance the image was taken, I am reluctant to call it. An audio recording of the song is provided here…

…with a sonogram/waveform below.

Appreciate any opinions. I am inclined to go for the Ashy Drongo.


Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia


Location: Ulu Kinta Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Previously logged forest with secondary growth and some primary forest

Date: 8th January 2019

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone



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