French: Choucador à ventre noir German: Schwarzbauch-Glanzstar Spanish: Estornino ventrinegro
Other common names:
Black-bellied Glossy Starling
Southern Africa = Eastern Cape, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
N. c. corusca
(Nordmann, 1835) – S Somalia S in narrow belt along coast to Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and E South Africa, extending inland along some major rivers (thus reaches extreme SE Zimbabwe); also on Inhaca I, Mafia I and Zanzibar#R.
N. c. vaughani
(Bannerman, 1926) – Pemba I, off NE Tanzania.
18 cm; 51–68 g. Rather small and short-tailed, dark starling. Male nominate race has crown, nape and mantle glossy dark green, some iridescent blue on ear-coverts; back... read more
Song a sustained jumble of trilling and piping notes, harsher and less musical than that of ... read more
Coastal forest and dense vegetation, in E Usambaras (Tanzania) primarily on forest edge or... read more
Food and feeding
Diet primarily fruit, also nectar, also insects and other small animals. Many fruits taken: Ficus, Clerodendron myricoides... read more
Season Oct–Jan throughout range, with occasional breeding records in other months. Monogamous. Nest a lining of grass, hair, feathers... read more
Presumed resident on Pemba (race vaughani); birds on Zanzibar not distinct, implying... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common, and abundant in some areas. Wide-ranging. Estimated population exceeding 10,000 individuals in C & S Mozambique. Possibly only a... read more
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