Alternative names: Celebes Drongo; Celebes Mountain Drongo; Sulawesi Spangled Drongo
- Dicrurus montanus
25cm (9¾ in)
- Strongly bluish-black plumage with purple iridescence
- Short neck hackles, relatively small and narrow breast spangles
- Long and deeply forked tail, tips of outer rectrices curving upwards
- Brown or dark brown-red eye
- Straight black bill
Sexes similar, females are smaller but have a longer tail. Juveniles are undescribed.
The local form leucops of Hair-crested Drongo is bigger (especially bill and feet), has a white eye and a less forked tail with tips of outer rectrices much more curving upwards.
This is a monotypic species. Has been considered conspecific with Hair-crested Drongo and belongs to a superspecies with Hair-crested Drongo, Sumatran Drongo, Wallacean Drongo, Balicassiao, Spangled Drongo and Ribbon-tailed Drongo.
Occasionally found in the same area as Hair-crested Drongo (subspecies leucops) in the northern peninsula but the two forms are apparently reproductively isolated.
Forest and woodland from 550m up to 1800m.
No information about breeding.
A resident species.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Sulawesi Drongo. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 1 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Sulawesi_Drongo