Starlings (Sturnidae)

Meves's Long-tailed Starling (Lamprotornis mevesii) - HBW 14, p. 746

French: Choucador de Meves German: Mevesglanzstar Spanish: Estornino de Meves
Other common names: Long-tailed Purple Starling; Angola Glossy Starling (benguelensis)

Taxonomy: Juida Mevesii Wahlberg, 1856, Okavango River, Botswana.
Forms a superspecies with L. caudatus and L. purpuroptera. Distinctive race benguelensis possibly represents a separate species, differing from others in plumage and habitat; further study required. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • benguelensis Shelley, 1906 - SW Angola (Benguela S to Namibe).
  • violacior Clancey, 1973 - SW Angola (C & S Huíla S to Cunene and W Cuando Cubango) and NW Namibia.
  • mevesii ( Wahlberg, 1856) - extreme SE Angola, extreme NE Namibia, N Botswana, S & E Zambia, S Malawi (R Shire), Zimbabwe (except highlands), W & SW Mozambique and extreme N South Africa (N Limpopo Province).

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