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Starling, black-bellied

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Fri May 30, 2008 5:12 am

The black-bellied starling, Lamprotornis corruscus, is found only in the extreme eastern parts of Southern Africa. They congregate in medium to large flocks and their chirping song can result in quite a din!

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The black-bellied starling is one of the smallest of our starlings.
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Jun 02, 2008 1:18 pm

found mine in Eshowe a few years ago. :D

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Unread post by Owl » Mon Jun 02, 2008 1:32 pm

Howzit JVR,

Don't rule out the extreme south too. They are found in the forested areas of the Southern Cape too

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Re: Starling, black-bellied

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:49 pm

Just a normal Cape Glossy Starling???

Or something more exciting.....

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Re: Starling, black-bellied

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:34 am

Rusty Justy wrote:Just a normal Cape Glossy Starling???

Or something more exciting.....


Justin


Sorry to pop the bubble, Rusty Justy... yours is a run-o'-the-mill Cape glossy. Have a look at the black spots on the wing coverts... black-bellied starlings do NOT have ANY! See my othe example displaying the same characteristic (lack of spots).

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Re: Starling, black-bellied

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:15 pm

Thanks Johan van Rensburg,

I had marked it down as Cape Glossy starling, Because of as you mentioned...The presence of black-spots on the upper wing
:)

And then while searching on google images, came across one that did, and was labelled Black-Bellied, thats why I posted.....Probably just looking for a new tick :lol:

An excuse to go searching the East again sometime :dance:

Thanks for your help!!!

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Re: Starling, black-bellied

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Mon Sep 22, 2008 1:03 pm

Rusty Justy wrote:Thanks Johan van Rensburg,

I had marked it down as Cape Glossy starling, Because of as you mentioned...The presence of black-spots on the upper wing
:)

And then while searching on google images, came across one that did, and was labelled Black-Bellied, thats why I posted.....Probably just looking for a new tick :lol:

An excuse to go searching the East again sometime :dance:

Thanks for your help!!!

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Taking chances, hey :lol:

Not worth much if you already know the answer!! :hmz:

BTW, a strip all along the east coast from Mozambique down to Cape Town is exclusively its domain... outside of that area, don't bother... it won't be a BBS! :lol:
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Re: Starling, black-bellied

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Mon Sep 22, 2008 3:11 pm

I saw this Glossy of mine in Mkhuze GR :D

I had to try my luck, at getting a new tick.......But I'll be going down to Rhodes next year to study...Maybe I'll have better luck there :pray:
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Re: Starling, black-bellied

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:16 pm

Rusty Justy wrote:I saw this Glossy of mine in Mkhuze GR :D


I quickly checked up on my Mkhuze lists - I have a few records of BBS seen there, but only around the main entrance... so Mkhuze is certaintly inside its distribution / range :wink:
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Re: Starling, black-bellied

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:26 pm

Ok Now Im sad :( :D

I dipped on yet another bird in Mhkuze.......Wood Owl, no such thing in the camp sites :roll:
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Re: Starling, black-bellied

Unread post by TaraLB » Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:29 pm

Hmmm, when you say a 'strip along the coast' what exactly do you mean? How far inland? I have to admit I have never looked all that hard at the Glossy's here, assuming that they are all the Cape variety. But now.... :shock: I will be looking very carefully! :D

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Re: Starling, black-bellied

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Mon Sep 22, 2008 5:18 pm

I guess about 50-odd km wide... Some places more, some less.
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Re: Starling, black-bellied

Unread post by TaraLB » Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:37 am

Perfect...will keep the binos handy. If I spot any I will be sure to let you all know

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Re: Starling, black-bellied

Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:52 pm

Is this a Black Bellied Starling? I see no spots on the wings, and black belly and thighs.
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Re: Starling, black-bellied

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:54 am

Your bird is an immature starling, very difficult to ID... but I'll stick my neck out and say Burchell's... the feeling I get on its size, bill shape and the dark eye are the reasons why... but I stand to be corrected, okay! :lol: After all, it's a baby pic with very little clues! :twisted:
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