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Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)

This is the Black Drongo, or Dicrurus Macrocercus. It’s a bird that’s fairly common in South East Asia. Even though it’s called “BLACK” Drongo, he’s not actually black. His plumage is a dark shade of blue.

Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)

There’s a very specific reason why I refer to this specific bird as “my enemy”. They tend to disappear during Winter, probably hiding from the cold and wet weather. Then in Spring they show up again and they just behave like all other birds, flying around, catching bugs and doing all sort of birdy things.

Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)

Then Summer comes, and their true, evil nature is finally revealed. Drongo use Spring to find a mate, then lay their eggs when the weather starts to warm up. While their eggs are in their nests, Drongos become extremely territorial, attacking EVERYTHING that approaches their defended area.

Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)

Dogs, cats, other birds, humans…no one is safe from their ageless anger. I’ve seen them killing a small sparrow mid-air ( ;_; ) just because he was flying in the wrong neighborhood.

Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)

They have the extremely annoying habit of chasing bicycle riders. Every single time I ride in an area with Drongo nests, I can be sure that I’ll eventually hear an extremely loud screeching behind me, followed by a bird repeatedly attacking my helmet. These birds are the main reason why it’s important to always wear a helmet, I’ve seen people going back home with a bleeding head after a Drongo attack.

Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)

They’re pretty hardcore. And their nesting time is approaching. No one will be safe.

On a positive note: last year the first typhoon of the season hit our region very early, and many Drongo nests were destroyed in the process. Sweet revenge. The skies had been quiet(er) ever since.

 

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