Chestnut-bellied Starling (Lamprotornis pulcher) - HBW 14, p. 748
French: Choucador à ventre roux
Spanish: Estornino Ventrirrufo
Taxonomy: Turdus pulcher Statius Müller, 1776, Senegal.
Previously sometimes placed in genus Spreo. Has been thought to form a superspecies with L. hildebrandti and L. shelleyi, but exhibits several morphological differences from those two. Proposed race rufiventris (described from N Ethiopia) considered indistinguishable from individuals in rest of species' range. Monotypic.
Distribution: Throughout Sahel region, from S Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia, S Mali and Burkina Faso E to C Sudan, Eritrea and NW Ethiopia.
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They roosted in a cluster on top of trees in just south of Tono Dam Lake.
Locality Tono Dam, Upper East Region, Ghana
ahmet karataş 30 October 2013 27 weeks ago 4.6
common in Seawater Farm's thorn scrub
Locality Seawater Farms Eritrea, Massawa, Northern Red Sea Region, Eritrea
jugal Tiwari 27 May 2003 50 weeks ago 4.3
Chestnut-bellied Starling, mostly foraging on the ground
Locality Nja Kunda, North Bank Division, The Gambia
Frans Vandewalle 19 January 2011 41 weeks ago 4.2
Locality North Bank Division, The Gambia
Paul Cools 12 February 2014 23 weeks ago 4
A bird in a thorn bush
Locality Tono Dam, Upper East Region, Ghana (Monotypic species)
Arthur Grosset 5 June 2011 37 weeks ago 3.5
Bird on the ground
Locality Toubacouta, Fatick Region, Senegal
ANTHONY VILLAUME 1 November 2009 2 years ago 3.5
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