French: Rufipenne morio German: Rotschwingenstar Spanish: Estornino alirrojo
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
O. m. rueppellii
(J. P. Verreaux, 1856) – extreme SE Sudan, SE South Sudan, N Kenya, N Eritrea and W & SE highlands of Ethiopia; perhaps also NE Uganda.
O. m. morio
(Linnaeus, 1766) – E Uganda, C Kenya, SE Burundi, Tanzania, E DRCongo, E & S Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, W Mozambique, E Botswana, and E & S South Africa.
30 cm; 115–155 g. Dark starling with rather long, pointed tail. Male plumage is glossy black with inky-blue sheen, except for rufous patch visible on folded wing; all... read more
Song a complex of pure, musical whistles and warbling notes; both sexes sing, some elements sex-... read more
Original habitat rocky outcrops, gorges and mountainous regions with access to well-vegetated... read more
Food and feeding
Diet principally fruit, but almost omnivorous and highly opportunistic. Recorded items include arils of invasive alien Acacia cyclops... read more
Season Apr and Oct in Ethiopia; all months except Jun–Jul (peak Nov–Dec and Mar) in E Africa; recorded Sept–Mar (mainly... read more
Mainly resident. Nomadic flocks containing more than 200 individuals collect during non-breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Wide-ranging, and abundant in many areas. Numbers in Kruger National Park, in South Africa, estimated at more than 4000 individuals, even though... read more
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