Purple Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis purpureus) - HBW 14, p. 751
French: Choucador pourpré
Spanish: Estornino Purpúreo
Taxonomy: Turdus purpureus Statius Müller, 1776, Juida = Benin.
Populations from Cameroon E to W Kenya often separated as race amethystinus (described from S Sudan), supposedly somewhat bluer above and slightly longer-tailed than those in W of range; further study required. Treated as monotypic.
Distribution: Senegambia, Guinea-Bissau, S Mali and N Guinea E (mainly in savanna belt) to S Chad, N Central African Republic, S Sudan, Uganda and W Kenya.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 12 videos
perching on a branch Locality Marakissa, Western Division, The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Daniêl Jimenez 3 January 2012 1 year ago 27 sec 4.7
looking around Locality Marakissa, Western Division, The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Daniêl Jimenez 3 January 2012 1 year ago 51 sec 4.6
A bird on a trunk Locality Jurong Bird Park, Singapore (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 13 August 2007 5 years ago 16 sec 4.3
A bird in a branch Locality Fathala Forest, Sine Saloum Delta, Fatick Region, Senegal
Juan Sanabria 1 January 2009 3 years ago 27 sec 4
Adult in a tree Locality Benin (ssp purpureus)
Alain Fossé 29 January 2010 3 years ago 57 sec 3.8
A bird on the ground, looking around and foraging Locality Birdworld, Farnham, Surrey, England, Great Britain (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 27 April 2007 5 years ago 29 sec 3.4
PhotosSee all 10 photos
Locality Senegambia Hotel, Kololi, Western Division, The Gambia
Paul Cools 3 February 2012 19 weeks ago 4.3
An adult perched.
mohammmmad alamin khogaly... 24 weeks ago 4.2
A bird on the ground by the river
Locality Benoue National Park, Adamawa Province, Cameroon
Krzysztof Blachowiak 11 February 2012 46 weeks ago 4.1
Locality Kotu Creek, Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia
Paul Cools 17 February 2012 19 weeks ago 4.1
Locality Bijilo Forest Park, Bijilo, Western Division, The Gambia
Klaus Lachenmaier 29 March 2013 1 week ago ADDED LAST MONTH 3.8
These starlings are truly sociable and very noisy: you can find them all around Senegal.
Locality Wassadou, Tambacounda Region, Senegal
Liki Fumei 20 January 2006 3 years ago 3.5
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