dron·​go ˈdräŋ-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce drongo (audio)
plural drongos
: any of a family (Dicruridae) of insectivorous passerine birds native to Africa, Asia, and Australia that usually have glossy black plumage and long forked tails

Examples of drongo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the termites flew around the light, the drongo kept catching them for close to 20 minutes, until all vanished and the drongo disappeared. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 5 Feb. 2023 But the rare thing was one black drongo bird among them. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 5 Feb. 2023 The duped birds do eventually catch on, but the drongo has come up with a way to keep fooling them – and keep the free meals coming – by mixing up their mimicry. April Reese, Discover Magazine, 1 May 2014 But Aussies might want to reconsider their choice of words: According to a new study, the drongo may well be one of the brightest bulbs in the avian world. April Reese, Discover Magazine, 1 May 2014 By analysing the different drongo calls, Flower showed that the fake ones are indistinguishable from their genuine counterparts. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 3 Nov. 2010 Sahas Barve, an evolutionary ecologist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, has been taken in by a drongo mimicking an eagle; Sakata once mistook a mockingbird’s screech for a bona fide car alarm. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 17 Nov. 2022 Forest specialists such as the Indian pitta, white-bellied drongo and common woodshrike were only seen in the riparian forests of Mangar Bani. Neha Jain, Quartz, 16 Mar. 2021

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Word History



First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drongo was in 1841

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“Drongo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drongo. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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