French: Choucador de Meves German: Mevesglanzstar Spanish: Estornino de Meves
Other common names:
Southern Long-tailed Starling
Okavango River, Botswana
Extreme SE Angola (SE Cuando Cubango), extreme NE Namibia, N & E Botswana, S & E Zambia, S Malawi (R Shire), Zimbabwe (except highlands), W & SW Mozambique and extreme N South Africa (N Limpopo Province).
30–36 cm; 56–85 g. Fairly large starling with long, strongly graduated tail, central rectrices clearly longest. Adult has lores and ear-coverts blackish, often... read more
Song a churring "chwiri-chwirrchwee-chwirr chowee". Harsh "tssac" in alarm.
Open woodland with tall trees such as acacias (Acacia), mopane (Colophospermum)... read more
Food and feeding
Diet chiefly insects, also some fruit. Insects recorded are termites (Isoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), ants (Formicidae), mole-crickets (... read more
Breeds Feb in Botswana, Feb–Mar in Zambia, Dec–Mar in Malawi, Nov–Apr in Zimbabwe, and Dec–Mar in South Africa;... read more
Presumed resident, but occasional wandering reported, especially in dry season, e.g. in S Malawi.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to locally very common in E parts of range (e.g. river valleys in Zambia and Liwonde National Park, S Malawi), but generally... read more
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