Conservation status

Drongo survival is only threatened when total treed habitat is limited in area. This is the case for species confined to small islands, such as those in the Comoro group off the central east coast of Africa. Both the Comoro drongo (D. fuscipen-nis) on Grand Comoro Island and Mayotte drongo (D. waldenii) on Mayotte Island are listed by IUCN as Endangered. Two of the four species in the Near Threatened category also occur on small islands: D. aldabranus on Aldabra Island just north of the Comoros, and D. andamanensis in the

A fork-tailed drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis) visits its nest. (Photo by Clem Haagner. Bruce Coleman Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

Andamans in the Bay of Bengal. Of the other two, the velvet-mantled drongo (D. modestus) occurs in west central Africa and the Sumatran drongo (D. sumatranus) is endemic to Sumatra, Indonesia. Destruction of forest habitat is their primary threat.

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