Drongos occur throughout the Old World tropics and sub-tropics: there are four species in tropical and subtropical sub-Saharan Africa, four in Madagascar and nearby island archipelagos, 11-13 centered in southern and Southeast Asia, from east Iran and India to south Manchuria (Bol Hai), the Philippines and central Indonesian archipelagos, and just four (possibly five) from the east Indonesian Archipelagos to the Solomon Islands and north and east Australia. Most species are sedentary, but populations of those that breed in more temperate latitudes, of the black drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus), ashy drongo, and hair-crested drongo (D. hottentottus) in China, and the spangled drongo (D. bracteatus) in east Australia, are migratory, shifting to the tropics in winter.

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