French: Choucador à tête pourprée German: Samtglanzstar Spanish: Estornino cabecipúrpura
Other common names:
Purple-headed Glossy Starling
J. P. Verreaux and J. B. É. Verreaux
West Africa = Gabon
S Benin, S Nigeria and S Cameroon E to S Central African Republic and Uganda, S to N Angola (Cabinda) and SW, N & NE DRCongo.
18 cm; 50–79 g. Fairly small, short-tailed dark starling. Crown, chin, throat and chest are deep glossy purple, sharply demarcated from adjacent plumage areas; nape,... read more
Song apparently a series of short, musical calls; sings in chorus, and imitations of Common Bulbul... read more
Evergreen lowland forest, generally to 1500 m; to 1800 m in E of range.
Food and feeding
Mainly frugivorous; some animal food also taken. Fruits consumed include those of Ficus, Rauwolfia, Heisteria,... read more
Breeds Mar in Cameroon and Dec–Feb in Gabon; in DRCongo, Jun–Oct in NE and Dec–Mar in Kivu region; Apr in Uganda.... read more
Presumed resident, with local movements related to fruit availability.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in much of range; not uncommon in Cabinda (N Angola). Record from Benin in 1998. Widely distributed in lowland forest. Reported... read more
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