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Hair-crested Drongo

Dicrurus hottentottus

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A big, stocky, dark drongo with highly iridescent wings and shiny feathers on breast and back of the neck. Note triangular tail with flaring tips that curl out sideways and a large, curved bill with which it probes for nectar in flowering trees. Long, thin, hair-like feathers on its forehead, present only in some subspecies, may be visible at close range. Birds in Java and Sulawesi have white eyes. Encountered singly or in small flocks; also joins foraging flocks with other species. Found in a wide range of forested habitats. Calls include a varied jumble of various harsh screeches, nasal yelps, metallic sounds, and beeps.

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