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Ashy Starling

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Lamprotornis unicolor

Cosmopsarus unicolor, Spreo unicolor

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[edit] Identification

30cm (11¾ in). A medium-sized, slender starling with a very long, narrow tail.

  • Uniformly ash-grey plumage with some oily-green sheen on remiges and tail
  • Long, narrow tail with some cross barring
  • Blackish mask on lores and around eye
  • Pale cream eye with dark inner ring
  • Black bill and legs

Sexes similar. Juveniles are dull ashy brown, have pale brown feather tips, a dark brown eye and a horn-coloured bill.

[edit] Distribution

Found in interior Tanzania.
Common in its limited range.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].
This species has been placed in Lamprotornis2,3, Cosmopsarus4,5 and Spreo1.

[edit] Habitat

Acacia woodlands, gardens. Occurs from 1100m to 1800m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds mainly on insects, takes also some insects.
Forages in pairs or small groups on the ground.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding season from February to March. A monogamous species. Co-operative breeding occurs regularly. The nest is placed in a tree hole. Lays 3 - 4 eggs.

[edit] Movements

A resident species, some dry-season movements suggested.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Dickinson, EC, ed. 2003. The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 3rd ed., with updates to December 2007 (Corrigenda 7). Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691117010
  3. Gill, F and M Wright. 2008. Birds of the World: Recommended English Names. Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ, USA. 2006. ISBN 9780691128276. Update (2008) downloaded from http://worldbirdnames.org/names.html.
  4. Sibley, CG and BL Monroe. 1996. Birds of the World, on diskette, Windows version 2.0. Charles G. Sibley, Santa Rosa, CA, USA.
  5. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154
  6. BF Member observations

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