Meves's Long-tailed Starling (Lamprotornis mevesii) - HBW 14, p. 746
French: Choucador de Meves
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).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 8 videos
A bird calling softly several times Locality Okavango Delta, North-West District, Botswana (ssp mevesii)
Alex García · Videoaves 4 January 2008 5 years ago 42 sec 4.7
A bird preening and sunning on a branch Locality Hwange National Park, Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe (ssp mevesii)
Alex García · Videoaves 29 December 2007 5 years ago 39 sec 4.2
Two birds drinking Locality Liwonde National Park, Southern Region, Malawi
Roland Bischoff 4 October 2009 2 years ago 54 sec 4
A bird standing on the grass, then flying away Locality Hobatere Lodge, Kamanjab, Kunene Region, Namibia (ssp mevesii)
Keith Blomerley 17 January 2007 6 years ago 11 sec 3.7
An adult feeding on flower heads Locality Matusadona National Park, Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe (ssp mevesii)
Greg Baker 7 September 1999 1 year ago 10 sec 3.6
A bird perched on a rock Locality Hobatere Lodge, Kamanjab, Kunene Region, Namibia (ssp mevesii)
Keith Blomerley 17 January 2007 6 years ago 15 sec 3.6
Among the savannah tall grass
Locality South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Marco Valentini 29 August 2011 2 years ago 3.8
An adult perched on a branch.
Locality Mapungubwe National Park, Limpopo Province, South Africa (ssp mevesii)
Carmelo López 11 December 2010 2 years ago 3.6
Locality Okavango Delta, North-West District, Botswana (ssp mevesii)
Ken Havard 18 April 2013 29 weeks ago 3.4
bird taking a bath
Locality Liwonde National Park, Southern Region, Malawi
Roland Bischoff 6 October 2006 2 years ago 3.4
Locality Mahango Game Reserve, Caprivi Region, Namibia
Lindsay Hansch 15 September 2007 2 years ago 3.3
Locality South Luangwa National Park, Zambia (ssp mevesii)
Susanne Rintelen 1 May 2008 4 years ago 3.3
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