Amethyst Starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster) - HBW 14, p. 739
French: Étourneau améthyste
Spanish: Estornino Amatista
Other common names: Plum-coloured/Violet(-backed) Starling
Taxonomy: Turdus leucogaster Boddaert, 1783, no locality = Benin.
Genus possibly close to Pholia. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- leucogaster ( Boddaert, 1783) - breeds from Senegal E, S of Sahara and N of equator, to Sudan, possibly also Eritrea, Ethiopia and NW Somalia; non-breeding also in coastal areas, Gabon, PRCongo and N DRCongo, and S to Kenya.
- arabicus C. H. B. Grant & Mackworth-Praed, 1942 - breeds S Arabian Peninsula (S Yemen E to SW Oman); probably also Eritrea, Djibouti, N Ethiopia, E Sudan and NW Somalia.
- verreauxi ( Bocage, 1870) - breeds from S DRCongo and Angola S to C Namibia and, in E, from S Kenya and W Tanzania S to Botswana, NE South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique; in non-breeding season more widespread.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 12 videos
A male perched Locality Chobe National Park, North-West District, Botswana (ssp verreauxi)
Alex García · Videoaves 27 December 2007 5 years ago 46 sec 4.9
A male behind some leaves Locality Chobe National Park, North-West District, Botswana (ssp verreauxi)
Alex García · Videoaves 27 December 2007 5 years ago 17 sec 4.5
Two males and then a female Locality National Aviary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (United States)
Josep del Hoyo 13 August 2001 6 years ago 22 sec 4.5
A front and a lateral view of a male in a tree Locality Saudi Arabia (ssp arabicus)
John Gregory 30 April 2002 5 years ago 25 sec 4.2
A female perched while another bird passes flying on the background Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa (ssp verreauxi)
Dave Jackson 31 December 2001 5 years ago 10 sec 4.1
Male wing-flicking and moving about a branch Locality London Zoo, London, England, Great Britain
Joe Angseesing 24 February 2013 15 weeks ago 28 sec 3.8
PhotosSee all 16 photos
Locality Katima Mulilo, Caprivi Region, Namibia (ssp verreauxi)
Fran Trabalon 19 November 2011 1 year ago 4.3
Violet-backed/Plum-colored Starling from Lake Chala
Locality Lake Chala, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania
SteinNilsen 30 November 2011 1 year ago 3.9
A male Amethyst starling, feeding on the ground in the Tana hotel's garden.
Locality Bahir Dar, Amhara Region, Ethiopia
Frank Sandvoss 3 May 2012 1 year ago 3.7
On a branch
Locality Mkuze Game Reserve, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Guy Poisson 3 November 2012 26 weeks ago 3.6
A seemingly injured adult male.
Locality Newcastle, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Mary-Joye 25 November 2008 33 weeks ago 3.6
Adult male at a feeder.
Locality Berlin Zoo, Berlin, Germany
Tomasz Doroń 30 September 2009 3 years ago 3.5