French: Choucador à oreillons bleus German: Grünschwanz-Glanzstar Spanish: Estornino orejiazul
Hemprich and Ehrenberg
Ambukol, Dongla district, Sudan
Subspecies and Distribution
L. c. chalybaeus
Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1828 – S Mauritania, Senegambia, S Mali, Burkina Faso, S Niger and N Nigeria E to S Sudan and N South Sudan; dry-season visitor to N Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo and Benin.
L. c. cyaniventris
Blyth, 1855 – Eritrea, Ethiopia, NW Somalia, N Uganda, E DRCongo and N Kenya, probably also adjacent SE South Sudan.
L. c. sycobius
(Hartlaub, 1859) – SW Uganda, S Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, SE DRCongo, N & E Zambia, Malawi and W Mozambique.
L. c. nordmanni
(E. J. O. Hartert & Neumann, 1914) – S Angola and N Namibia E to N & E Botswana, S Zambia, Zimbabwe, NE South Africa and S Mozambique.
21–24 cm; 79–106 g. Fairly large starling with proportionately short tail. Nominate race has forehead, crown, nape and upperparts blue-green, blue sheen on... read more
Song, often in chorus from trees, a rambling jumble of notes with whining tone. Flight call a... read more
Inhabits dry savanna woodland, in W Africa extending into desert zone. In E & S parts of range... read more
Food and feeding
Diet primarily fruit and insects. Fruit of Ficus, Salvadora persica, Trichilia emetica, Carissa edulis... read more
Season mainly Jun–Aug in W Africa; Apr–Jun in Sudan, and May–Sept in Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia; Mar–Jun in... read more
Presumed resident in most areas. At Nakuru, in Kenya, marked exodus and few birds present Nov... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally not uncommon; widespread. Population in Kruger National Park, in South Africa, estimated at more than 32,000 individuals; in S... read more
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