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 16 weeks ago 4.9
Locality Mana Pools National Park, Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe
Stanislav Harvančík 18 October 2009 21 weeks ago 4.8
Female screaming at the male
Locality An-Namas, Asir Province, Saudi Arabia
mansorea 18 May 2014 33 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