French: Rufipenne de Waller German: Wallerstar Spanish: Estornino de Waller
Usambara Mountains, Tanzania.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
O. w. preussi
Reichenow, 1892 – SE Nigeria (Obudu Plateau), W Cameroon and Bioko.
O. w. elgonensis
(Sharpe, 1891) – S South Sudan, E DRCongo, SW Uganda, W Rwanda, W Burundi, and Mt Elgon (Uganda–Kenya border) and W Kenya (W of Rift Valley).
O. w. walleri
(Shelley, 1880) – Kenyan highlands E of Rift Valley, S through Tanzanian Eastern Arc to N Malawi.
20 cm; 73–92 g. Relatively small, dark starling with shortish round-ended tail and red eyes. Male nominate race has crown dull blue-black, nape and ear-coverts glossy... read more
Song a series of clear whistled notes, also some chipping and scratchy elements. Sings in groups... read more
Montane forest, including isolated patches, as well as forest edge and areas of shifting... read more
Food and feeding
Diet fruit and animal items. Fruit includes that of Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Juniperus, Symphonia, Ekebergia... read more
Season Nov–Dec in Cameroon; Nov and possibly Mar–Apr in E DRCongo, May in Uganda, Aug–Sept in Kenya and Aug–Nov in... read more
Presumed resident; local wandering, perhaps involving primarily flocks of non-breeders. Possible... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in many areas of range. Estimated 12 pairs in 160 ha of forest on Nyika Plateau, in Malawi, in 1980–1981. Able to utilize isolated... read more
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