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Violet-backed Starling

Cinnyricinclus leucogaster

Description:

The Violet-backed Starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster), also known as the Plum-coloured Starling or Amethyst Starling, is a relatively small species of starling in the Sturnidae family.

Habitat:

Mountains near Tulgit

1 Species ID Suggestions

Liam
Liam 8 years ago
Violet-backed Starling
Cinnyricinclus leucogaster BirdForum


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23 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Well done Liam! Great to have an answer on this one.

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

Once again Liam, right ID !!
I'm jealous of your knowledge ;-)
I Have to practice a little bit more!

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

I signed up Liam and it's posted ;-)

Liam
Liam 8 years ago

Here's the subforum for identification: http://www.birdforum.net/forumdisplay.ph...

If you don't wish to sign up, I could post for you.

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

Hi Liam, sorry i didn't have the time yet.
The site you mean is http://www.birdforum.net/ ?
If so, I have to create an account. I'm also curious about the result.

Liam
Liam 8 years ago

I'm very interested in seeing how this ID is resolved, have you tried Birdforum yet?

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

Hi Liam, thanks for the suggestion ! But the belly of this bird was dark (brown or black i suppose) the shape and size of the violet-backed starling are almost the same, I think this one was a little smaller.
I regret that I couldn't take clearer picture.

Liam
Liam 8 years ago

Tail and bill are reminiscent of that of a starling. I'm color deficient, but I'm told violet has a shade of red in it. I imagine in particular lighting, it could be seen as red on a bird like this. You may want to run it through to BirdForum, though.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

I'll check again later Isabella, but I hope Liam (or somebody else) pops in! It might be one for BirdForum. Good luck in the mean time with your searches!

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

Whoeha, complicated puzzle !!!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Another reference not showing the black-bellied one in Ethiopia...
http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species...

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

EOL and IUCN don't show it in Ethiopia either...
My guide shows Jameson's firefinch in Ethiopia, as well as the African (bluebilled) firefinch. But the wings don't seem pink on those...

Elsa
Elsa 8 years ago

Actually, black-bellied is somewhat of an indication.. hehe missed that part.

Elsa
Elsa 8 years ago

I was wondering that too, but then the narrow beak (though the angle can make it look narrower than it really is) and dark belly.. It's a puzzle..

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

My field guide refers to part of Kenya and Uganda ...

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

It does look possible doesn't it? My field guide doesn't show the distribution extending into Ethiopia though... I'm checking other references/reports...

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

Could this be a Black bellied fire-finch ??


http://ibc.lynxeds.com/video/black-belli...

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

@ Daniele, yes it was really old-pink, i had never seen that color before
so far i remember it was bigger than a bishop and smaller than a starling.
@ Elsa, thanks I check your suggestions !

Elsa
Elsa 8 years ago

Interesting bird! The beak makes me think something in the Wheatear or Flycatcher category..

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Also, was the colour really pink, or rather reddish-orange as the picture seems to suggest?

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks for your reply Isabella! The plot thickens :-) Any idea about size?

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

Hi Daniele, thanks for the suggestion, but i think it wasn't a bishop because his head was also pink and he was very shiny like a starling, i have seen already the Red Bishop, this one was totaly different,
but my pic isn't very clear he was too fast for me ;-))

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Hi Isabella! With the pictures, your description and the location this is the best match I can come up with. It could also be a Black-winged Red Bishop (Euplectes hordeaceus). Check some pictures for these yourself as you're the one who saw the bird, and also see what others say!

IsabellaFiers
Spotted by
IsabellaFiers

Oromia, Ethiopia

Spotted on Apr 5, 2012
Submitted on Feb 17, 2013

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