Surniculus lugubris

Surniculus lugubris, Horsf.

210. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 336.

THE DRONGO OR FORK-TAILED CUCKOO.

Length, 10; wing, 5.5 ; tail 3.75 ; outermost tail feathers, 1.25 inches less than the penultimate, which is the longest; middle pair 0.5 inch shorter.

Bill black ; palate red; irides red brown; legs and feet dusky reddish.

Black, with a changeable blue and green gloss, brightest above; the head sub-crested, and generally two or three white feathers in the centre of the occiput; tibial and tarsal feathers partially white ; some white specks on the wing-coverts, and on the upper tail-coverts occasionally; lower tail-coverts marked with white; outermost primary with a round white spot, and all the others with an oblique white mark, causing an oblique streak of white on the inner surface of the wings; outermost tail-feathers obliquely barred or spotted with white.

The young birds are spotted with white on the head, wing-coverts, and lower surface; and the tail has also more white spots.

According to Jerdon, the Drongo or Tork-tailed Cuckoo occurs sparingly in Central India.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Surniculus lugubris
Spp Author: 
Horsf.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
128
Common name: 
Drongo Or Fork-tailed Cuckoo
M_ID: 
6204
M_CN: 
Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo
M_SN: 
Surniculus lugubris
id: 
11415

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