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Agnihotri, S., Kethegowda, M., & Jadeswamy. (2020). Do racket-tailed drongos make tree guards for their nest trees?. Behaviour, 157(14/15), 1239–1244. 
Added by: Prashanth NS (6/8/23, 10:07 PM)   
Resource type: Journal Article
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 57959
BibTeX citation key: Agnihotri2020
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Categories: Health
Keywords: BARK, NESTS, TREE trunks, TREES, YEAR
Creators: Agnihotri, Jadeswamy, Kethegowda
Collection: Behaviour
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Abstract
Greater racket-tailed drongos are renowned for their splendid mimicking abilities, and for their significant roles within mixed species flocks in the Old World tropics. Yet, we know little about their basic ecology and breeding behaviour. Here we describe a set of unique behaviours of these drongos during their nesting season. Racket-tailed drongos nested in trees in an open patch of forest, often returning to the same tree year after year. The nesting pair also smoothened the bark of the nest tree trunk with their beaks. These findings suggest that the nest tree is a crucial resource for this species, and have implications for the cognitive abilities of drongos, as well as for hitherto unknown interactions between an avian species and tropical forest trees. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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