Class Aves Order Passeriformes Suborder Passeri (Oscines) Family Dicruridae

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Glossy black, fork-tailed, starling-sized songbirds that live in trees and hawk for insect food from vantage perches


7-25 in (18-63 cm), including tail; 0.8-4.8 oz (25-135 g)

Number of genera, species

2 genera; about 22-24 species


Tropical and subtropical forest to forest edge, open woodland, and gardens

Conservation status

Endangered: 2 species; Near Threatened: 4 species

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