French: Choucador à cou blanc German: Ringstar Spanish: Estornino acollarado
Banyo, western Cameroon
Locally in C & N Cameroon (Adamawa Plateau and Bamenda Highlands), N Central African Republic, N Congo and N DRCongo; non-breeding in Gabon and W Congo. Recently recorded in extreme W DRCongo, where status uncertain#R.
21 cm; 61–67 g. Medium-sized, dark starling. Male is uniformly glossy blue-black, except for white patch on upper breast (ending sharply in line with wing); iris orange... read more
Song, apparently from both sexes, and perhaps from groups perched in trees, said to be reminiscent... read more
Open woodland and savanna; recorded also in montane grassland to 1200 m in Cameroon.
Food and feeding
Diet probably mainly fruit; insects also reported in stomach contents. Fruits of Ficus, Musanga, Macaranga assas... read more
In breeding condition and possible nest-building in Cameroon in Feb–Mar. No other information.
Possible seasonal movements; non-breeding visitor in Gabon and parts of PRCongo.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Very poorly known, and status unclear. Apparently uncommon to locally common within fragmented range.
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