Is it a meerkat? An owl? No, no, it’s a Drongo!

Welcome to the wonderful world of mimicry! Where animals take on the appearance, sound, smell, or behaviour of another animal or its surroundings as a form of defence or tactical attacking technique to fool potential prey. Any of you Australians out there who thought I might go on about the origins of  dim-witted clumsy people have to look elsewhere I’m afraid.

There are a few main species of Drongo; the Black Drongo, the Spangled Drongo and the Fork-Tailed Drongo. The Black Drongo is native to Asia, the Spangled Drongo is native to Australia and the Fork-Tailed Drongo is found in Africa. These tweeting twitterers are actually quite aggressive and confident birds, often known to attack or invade larger birds’ territory and nests.

Fork Tailed Drongo

Master of the Mimic: the Fork Tailed Drongo

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Vital Statistics: Bears

Sun Bear

Age Range: Sun Bears are thought to live up to 25 years in captivity and between 15 and 20 years in the wild.

Height: Between about 60 – 70 cm tall, measured to shoulder height.

Length: 120 – 150 cm nose to tail.

Weight: Adult males weigh 30 – 65 kilograms. Adult females weigh 20 – 40 kg.

Family: Ursidae.

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10 facts about… Bears

1. Bears are good climbers and swimmers and despite their size can run quite quickly over short distances. Bears can run more than 45 kph.

2. Bears are, on the whole, solitary animals and only really congregate together when food is plentiful, like when catching salmon in streams.

3. Bears have an excellent sense of smell, much better than a dog and possibly the best of any mammal. It is mostly used to find food but is also used to detect the scent of other bears.

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