Crows (Corvidae)

Stresemann's Bushcrow (Zavattariornis stresemanni) - HBW 14, p. 608

French: Corbin de Stresemann German: Akazienhäher Spanish: Urraquita de Stresemann
Other common names: Bush-crow, Ethiopian/Abyssinian Bushcrow, Zavattariornis

Taxonomy: Zavattariornis stresemanni Moltoni, 1938, Yabelo, region of Borana, southern Ethiopia.
Although long regarded as a member of present family, possesses a number of atypical features, notably its sucking-lice (Mallophaga), and several anatomical peculiarities (including mobility of bare facial skin and structure of palate); has occasionally been placed in monotypic family, Zavattariornithidae, but more recently has been included in starling family, Sturnidae, its small size and sociable behaviour being suggestive of, especially, Wattled Starling (Creatophora cinerea). DNA-sequencing analysis, however, supports its inclusion in present family, with closest relatives Podo.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Zavattariornis stresemanni Moltoni, 1938, Yabelo, region of Borana, southern Ethiopia.
Although long regarded as a member of present family, possesses a number of atypical features, notably its sucking-lice (Mallophaga), and several anatomical peculiarities (including mobility of bare facial skin and structure of palate); has occasionally been placed in monotypic family, Zavattariornithidae, but more recently has been included in starling family, Sturnidae, its small size and sociable behaviour being suggestive of, especially, Wattled Starling (Creatophora cinerea). DNA-sequencing analysis, however, supports its inclusion in present family, with closest relatives Podoces, Pica and the peculiar Ptilostomus afer; also, its large domed stick nest is reminiscent of that of some Pica species; similarities in plumage colour and pattern have been noted with Nucifraga columbiana and Podoces panderi, but taxonomic significance doubtful. Monotypic.

Distribution: Small area circumscribed by towns of Yabello, Meega and Arero, in S Ethiopia.

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