French: Choucador splendide German: Prachtglanzstar Spanish: Estornino espléndido
Other common names:
Splendid Glossy Starling
Malimbe, Cabinda, Angola
Subspecies and Distribution
L. s. chrysonotis
Swainson, 1837 – from Senegal E to S Togo.
L. s. splendidus
(Vieillot, 1822) – S Benin, Nigeria, Príncipe I (in Gulf of Guinea) and C & S Cameroon E to S South Sudan and W Ethiopia, S to Congo, N Angola, C DRCongo, Uganda, W Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and NW Tanzania.
L. s. lessoni
(Pucheran, 1858) – #RBioko.
L. s. bailundensis
(Neumann, 1920) – N & E Angola, S DRCongo and Zambia.
28 cm; 111–155 g. Large glossy starling with brilliant iridescence, medium-length tail. Male nominate race has crown glossy blue-green, sharply demarcated from glossy... read more
Song loud, sounding (to human ear) strongly discordant, containing various gurgling, creaking and... read more
Primary and secondary lowland forest, including isolated forest patches and gallery forest; parks... read more
Food and feeding
Diet predominantly fruit, also insects; occasionally other animals, including frogs, lizards and snails (Gastropoda). Fruits recorded as... read more
Breeds Dec–May in much of W Africa; Jan–Mar (in breeding condition also in Jul and Dec) in Gabon; in breeding condition Aug... read more
Primarily resident, with some local movements. Presumed resident on Bioko I, but irregular visitor... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to not uncommon in W Africa, where locally very common; common in Angola; common to locally very common in Ethiopia; generally uncommon in... read more
Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography. Login or Subscribe to get access to a lot of extra features!