Starlings (Sturnidae)

Lesser Blue-eared Starling (Lamprotornis chloropterus) - HBW 14, p. 750

French: Choucador de Swainson German: Messingglanzstar Spanish: Estornino de Swainson
Other common names: Lesser Blue-eared Glossy Starling, Swainson's Green-tailed Glossy Starling; Miombo Blue-eared/Southern Lesser Blue-eared (Glossy) Starling (elisabeth)

Taxonomy: Lamprotornis chloropterus Swainson, 1838, Western Africa.
May form a superspecies with L. acuticaudus. Races sometimes treated as two distinct species, forming a superspecies. Proposed race cyanogenys (described from Sennar, in Sudan) is regarded as a synonym of nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • chloropterus Swainson, 1838 - Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, N Sierra Leone, Mali and Ivory Coast E to S Chad, Central African Republic, S Sudan, W Ethiopia, Eritrea, N Uganda and NW Kenya.
  • elisabeth ( Stresemann, 1924) - SW Uganda, SE Kenya, Tanzania, SE DRCongo, Zambia and Malawi S to extreme NE Namibia (E Caprivi), W Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

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