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 23 videos
Perched bird in a tree Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 14 weeks ago 1 min 9 sec 4.8
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 4 years ago 28 sec 4.5
A bird in a tree, ejecting a pellet and flying away. Locality Yabelo, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp cyaniventris)
Josep del Hoyo 12 December 2005 7 years ago 11 sec 4.4
Several birds drinking and then bathing. Locality Yabelo, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp cyaniventris)
Josep del Hoyo 12 December 2005 7 years ago 38 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 52 photos
Greater Blue-eared Starling (Lamprotornis chalybaeus)
Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia
Jacques Erard 15 October 2009 5 weeks ago 4.5
One of a flock, in a dry river bed.
Locality Adwa, Tigray Region, Ethiopia
Christian Weiss 29 September 2012 51 weeks ago 4.5
Close up of the head (Skukuza restcamp)
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Ghislain Gosse 21 August 2011 2 years ago 4.5
perching among braches of Acacia seyal
Locality Waza National Park, Far North Province, Cameroon (ssp chalybaeus)
Marco Valentini 5 January 2011 2 years ago 4.4
Two birds perched.
Locality Shambat, Khartoum, Khartoum State, Sudan (ssp chalybaeus)
mohammmmad alamin khogaly... 51 weeks ago 4.4
A bird feeding on the sreet
Locality Khartoum, Khartoum State, Sudan
hythumm 17 October 2013 7 weeks ago 4.3
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