French: Choucador de Rüppell German: Schweifglanzstar Spanish: Estornino de Rüppell
Other common names: Rüppell's Glossy Starling
Shoa district, south-western Ethiopia.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
L. p. aeneocephalus
Heuglin, 1863 – SE Sudan, South Sudan, NW Eritrea and W Ethiopia.
L. p. purpuroptera
Rüppell, 1845 – C & S Ethiopia, NE DRCongo, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, W & S Kenya, S Somalia, and NW & NE Tanzania.
35 cm; 78–92 g. Large glossy starling with long, graduated tail. Nominate race has crown, chin and side of head blue-green with bronzy sheen, nape blue with purple... read more
Song a long warbling, relatively musical series consisting of both sweet notes and harsh ones, with... read more
Grassland with scattered trees and bushes, in arid areas usually near water; occurs at up to 2000 m... read more
Food and feeding
Described as almost omnivorous; collects food scraps at camp sites. On Laikipia Plateau, Kenya, ate fruit of Euclea divinorum,... read more
Breeds Oct–Dec in Sudan, Mar–Jul in Ethiopia and Eritrea, Aug–Nov in Rwanda, mainly Mar–May in W Kenya and Uganda,... read more
Presumed resident in most areas; may also be nomadic. Ringed individual in Ethiopia recovered 9... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common within most parts of its range; considered the commonest starling species in Uganda. Occurs within many E African protected areas. Old records... read more
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