Starlings (Sturnidae)

Red-winged Starling (Onychognathus morio) - HBW 14, p. 740

French: Rufipenne morio German: Rotschwingenstar Spanish: Estornino Alirrojo
Other common names: Redwing/African Red-winged Starling

Taxonomy: Turdus morio Linnaeus, 1766, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
Has been thought to form a superspecies with O. tristramii. Sometimes treated as conspecific with O. neumanni. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • rueppellii ( J. Verreaux, 1856) - S Sudan, N Kenya and C Ethiopia; perhaps also NE Uganda.
  • morio ( Linnaeus, 1766) - E Uganda, C Kenya, Tanzania, E DRCongo, E & S Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, W Mozambique, E Botswana, and E & S South Africa.