French: Choucador de Shelley German: Shelleyglanzstar Spanish: Estornino de Shelley
S & E Ethiopia and N Somalia, probably also SE South Sudan and N Kenya; non-breeding Ethiopia (except N part of the range), SE South Sudan, N & E Kenya, NE Tanzania and S Somalia.
16 cm; 45 g. Has crown, chin, throat and upper breast glossy dark purple, matt black patch from lores to ear-coverts, narrow bronzy-green collar on nape; upperparts dark... read more
Song of short phrases combining whistles, nasal calls and scratchy sounds, described as a melange... read more
Semi-arid bushed and wooded country, especially with Commiphora, from sea-level to c. 1300... read more
Food and feeding
Few data. Perhaps more insectivorous than frugivorous; in Kenya, common along R Tana when Salvadora bushes fruiting. Forages on... read more
Season Mar–Apr in Ethiopia; Apr–Jun in Somalia, where may be double-brooded. Nest a lining of grass and feathers in tree hole... read more
Migratory; some perhaps sedentary within breeding areas. Moves N into Ethiopia and Somalia in Mar... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to very common within small breeding range. Appears to be rather uncommon in much of non-breeding range. Habitat occupied by this... read more
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