French: Choucador à ventre roux German: Rotbauch-Glanzstar Spanish: Estornino ventrirrufo
Throughout Sahel region, from S Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia, S Mali, and N Ghana E to SC Sudan, N Eritrea and NW Ethiopia.
20 cm; 59–76 g. Small, short-tailed, rather dull starling with rufous below. Crown and ear-coverts are charcoal-grey with faint gloss, lores darker, nape and upperparts... read more
Song consists of soft, liquid notes. Call in flocks "whirri whirri"; alarm and mobbing... read more
Dry thornbush savanna and steppe, also cultivated areas and villages; occurs in dry scrubby areas... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects, including ants (Formicidae), bugs (Hemiptera), flies (Diptera), beetles (Coleoptera), termites (Isoptera) and... read more
Season extended, and often two distinct periods; recorded in all months in Senegal, Apr–Jul in Gambia, Apr–Nov in Mali, Jun... read more
Presumed resident; local movements likely in arid habitat with unpredictable conditions. Ranges... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to uncommon; abundant in some areas, e.g. Sudan. Rare in N Ghana and N Togo. Wide range in thinly populated regions.
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