Greater Blue-eared Starling (Lamprotornis chalybaeus) - HBW 14, p. 752
French: Choucador à oreillons bleus
Spanish: Estornino Orejiazul
Other common names: (Greater) Blue-eared/Green Glossy Starling
Taxonomy: Lamprotornis chalybaeus Hemprich and Ehrenberg, 1828, Ambukol, Dongla district, Sudan.
Race nordmanni sometimes treated as a synonym of sycobius. Proposed race hartlaubi (described from Senegal), formerly used for N populations (E to Sudan), is regarded as synonymous with nominate. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- chalybaeus Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1828 - S Mauritania, Senegambia, S Mali, Burkina Faso, S Niger and N Nigeria E to C Sudan; dry-season visitor to N Ivory Coast, Togo and Benin.
- cyaniventris Blyth, 1855 - Eritrea, Ethiopia, NW Somalia, N Uganda, E DRCongo and N Kenya.
- sycobius ( Hartlaub, 1859) - SW Uganda, S Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, SE DRCongo, N & E Zambia, Malawi and W Mozambique.
- nordmanni ( E. J. O. Hartert & Neumann, 1914) - S Angola and N Namibia E to N & E Botswana, S Zambia, Zimbabwe, NE South Africa and S Mozambique.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 21 videos
A bird feeding on the ground. Locality Imi, Ethiopia (ssp cyaniventris)
Josep del Hoyo 5 December 2005 7 years ago 20 sec 4.6
bird looking around Locality Marakissa, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp chalybaeus)
Daniêl Jimenez 3 January 2012 1 year ago 16 sec 4.6
frontal view Locality Nianing, Thiès Region, Senegal
Juan Sanabria 1 January 2009 3 years ago 28 sec 4.5
Several birds in a kitchen Locality Konso, Ethiopia (ssp cyaniventris)
Josep del Hoyo 13 December 2005 6 years ago 30 sec 4.3
A bird on the ground, feeding. Locality Genale Valley, Ethiopia (ssp cyaniventris)
Josep del Hoyo 9 December 2005 6 years ago 28 sec 4.3
A bird perched on a stick. Locality Imi, Ethiopia (ssp cyaniventris)
Josep del Hoyo 5 December 2005 7 years ago 42 sec 4.2
PhotosSee all 41 photos
One of a flock, in a dry river bed.
Locality Adwa, Tigray Region, Ethiopia
Christian Weiss 29 September 2012 22 weeks ago 4.5
Close up of the head (Skukuza restcamp)
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Ghislain Gosse 21 August 2011 1 year ago 4.5
perching among braches of Acacia seyal
Locality Waza National Park, Far North Province, Cameroon (ssp chalybaeus)
Marco Valentini 5 January 2011 1 year ago 4.4
Two birds perched.
Locality Shambat, Khartoum, Khartoum State, Sudan (ssp chalybaeus)
mohammmmad alamin khogaly... 22 weeks ago 4.4
abird on atree
mohammmmad alamin khogaly... 11 weeks ago 4.3
Adult Bird near the Sedudu Entrance to the Chobe Nat.Park/Kasane.
Locality Chobe National Park, North-West District, Botswana
Cindywutsch 28 October 2010 12 weeks ago 4
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