Starlings (Sturnidae)

Splendid Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis splendidus) - HBW 14, p. 747

French: Choucador splendide German: Prachtglanzstar Spanish: Estornino Espléndido

Taxonomy: T[urdus] splendidus Vieillot, 1822, Malimbe, Cabinda, Angola.
Races bailundensis intergrades with nominate in N Angola (Malanje). Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • chrysonotis Swainson, 1837 - from Senegal E along coast to S Togo.
  • splendidus ( Vieillot, 1822) - S Benin, Nigeria, Príncipe I (in Gulf of Guinea) and C & S Cameroon E to S Sudan and W Ethiopia, S to PRCongo, N Angola, C DRCongo, Uganda, W Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and NW Tanzania.
  • lessoni ( Pucheran, 1859) - Bioko I (Fernando Póo).
  • bailundensis ( Neumann, 1920) - N & E Angola, S DRCongo and Zambia.