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 7 years ago 46 sec 4.8
Male wing-flicking and moving about a branch Locality London Zoo, London, England, Great Britain
Joe Angseesing 24 February 2013 2 years ago 28 sec 4.5
A male behind some leaves Locality Chobe National Park, North-West District, Botswana (ssp verreauxi)
Alex García · Videoaves 27 December 2007 7 years ago 17 sec 4.4
A front and a lateral view of a male in a tree Locality Saudi Arabia (ssp arabicus)
John Gregory 30 April 2002 7 years ago 25 sec 4.2
Two males and then a female Locality National Aviary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (United States)
Josep del Hoyo 13 August 2001 8 years ago 22 sec 4.1
A female perched while another bird passes flying on the background Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa (ssp verreauxi)
Dave Jackson 31 December 2001 7 years ago 10 sec 4.1
PhotosSee all 31 photos
Male sitting on a branch
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
GunnarPettersson 24 November 2009 6 weeks ago 4.9
Locality Mana Pools National Park, Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe
Stanislav Harvančík 18 October 2009 10 weeks ago 4.8
Female screaming at the male
Locality An-Namas, Asir Province, Saudi Arabia
mansorea 18 May 2014 22 weeks ago 4.7
Locality Sakania, Haut-Katanga Province, Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo) (ssp verreauxi)
nvoaden 22 September 2013 1 year ago 4.5
adult male perched
Locality Nyika Plateau, Northern Region, Malawi (ssp verreauxi)
Nik Borrow 1 December 2013 1 year ago 4.4
Locality Katima Mulilo, Caprivi Region, Namibia (ssp verreauxi)
Fran Trabalon 19 November 2011 3 years ago 4.3