Alternative name: Redwing; African Red-winged Starling
- Onychognathus morio
30cm (11¾ in). A dark starling with a rather long tail.
- Iridescent black plumage - but much less likely to show blue iridescence than for example Cape Glossy Starling
- Chestnut flight-feathers
- Dark red eye
- Black bill and legs
Females have an ash-grey head and upper breast. Juveniles resemble males but are less glossy than adults and has brown eyes.
Pale-winged Starling differs in eye color
Onychognathus morio has two subspecies:1
- O. m. morio from eastern Uganda to central Kenya, Tanzania, the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, western Mozambique, eastern Botswana and South Africa
- O. m. rueppellii in southern Sudan, northern Kenya and central Ethiopia
Has been considered to form a superspecies with Tristram's Starling.
Rocky cliffs, outcrops and gorges, as well as urban areas.
Although they are omnivorous and opportunistic feeders, their diet consists mostly of fruit.
They build a nest of grass and twigs, with a mud base, on a ledge. The clutch consists of 2–4, blue eggs with reddish-brown spots which are incubated by the female for 13–14 days. The young fledge about 22–28 days hatching. They often have a second brood.
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- Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507
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