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Lesser racket-tailed drongo

In Thai: นกแซงแซวหางบ่วงเล็ก, nok saeng-saew haang buang lek

Binomial name: Dicrurus remifer, Coenraad Jacob Temminck, 1823

The lesser racket-tailed drongo (Dicrurus remifer) is a species of bird in the family Dicruridae. It is found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia.


Lesser racket-tailed drongo is about 25–27·5 cm long, excluding outermost tail feathers (c. 30–40 cm to end of tail); average weight of males 39–49 g, and females 35·5–44 g. It can be confused with the Greater racket-tailed drongo, but it doesn't have crest on head.


There are 4 recognised subspecies of lesser racket-tailed drongo

  • D. r. tectirostris (Hodgson, 1836) – lower Himalayas from N India (Uttarakhand) E to Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram, NE Bangladesh, S China (SE Xizang, W & S Yunnan and SW Guangxi), Myanmar (except extreme S), N Thailand, N Laos and N Vietnam (S to Huê).
  • D. r. peracensis (E. C. S. Baker, 1918) – S Myanmar (Tenasserim) and SW & S Thailand S to N Peninsular Malaysia (S Selangor and S Pahang), S Laos and S Vietnam (S to S Annam).
  • D. r. lefoli (Delacour & Jabouille, 1928) – mountains of S Cambodia (Cardamom and Elephant Ranges).
  • D. r. remifer (Temminck, 1823) – Sumatra (Barisan Range and Batak Highlands) and W Java.

Distribution and habitat

It is found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, ranging across Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

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Scientific classification

Dicrurus remifer

Common names

  • Thai: นกแซงแซวหางบ่วงเล็ก, nok saeng-saew haang buang lek

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


Lesser racket-tailed drongo
Lesser racket-tailed drongo
Lesser racket-tailed drongo

Range Map

Distribution map of Lesser racket-tailed drongo, Dicrurus remifer in Thailand
Range map of Dicrurus remifer in Thailand