French: Choucador à épaulettes rouges German: Rotschulter-Glanzstar Spanish: Estornino de El Cabo
Other common names:
Cape Glossy Starling
From around mouth of R Congo in extreme W DRCongo#R#R S through W & S Angola to SW Zambia and Zimbabwe, S to Namibia, Botswana, South Africa (except S & SW Cape region and dry W interior), W lowlands of Lesotho, Swaziland and S Mozambique.
25 cm; 75–105 g. Fairly large, short-tailed glossy starling with rather uniform appearance. Head is glossy blue, blacker on ear-coverts; upperparts blue-green with... read more
Song a sustained warbling with varied notes, and may include imitation of other bird species; sings... read more
Savanna woodland and riverine vegetation; in arid areas restricted to taller trees along... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous; diet chiefly fruit and insects, but also other animal food including mammalian carrion, ticks (Acarina) and millipedes (... read more
Breeds Sept–Feb/Mar in S Africa, and probably Feb–Mar in Angola. Monogamous. Co-operative breeder, most helpers probably... read more
Presumed resident; in one garden, ringed individuals remained on same territory for four years.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and common in much of range. Population in Kruger National Park, in NE South Africa, estimated at more than 32,000 individuals, in... read more
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