French: Choucador à gorge noire German: Weißflügelstar Spanish: Estornino gorjinegro
Other common names: White-winged Babbling Starling
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
N. g. gutturalis
(Bocage, 1871) – SC Angola.
N. g. angusta
Friedmann, 1930 – WC Tanzania, NW & E Zambia and NW Malawi.
17 cm; 64–72 g. Small starling with distinctive plumage pattern. Nominate race has head, including chin and throat, grey, darker on lores; mantle and back brown with... read more
Song of protracted plaintive sequences of notes interspersed with upslurred squealing sounds; calls... read more
Open miombo (Brachystegia) woodland with little undergrowth, and mixed miombo-mopane (... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes weevils (Curculionidae) and other Coleoptera, termites (Isoptera); also berries, and observed to probe protea (Protea... read more
Breeds Aug–Sept/Oct in Angola, Oct–Nov in Zambia and Nov in Malawi. Presumed monogamous; co-operative breeding suspected, but... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Poorly known, with apparently relict distribution; isolated population near Nsoma, in NW Zambia. Common in Angola and in parts of E range; everywhere... read more
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