Bristle-crowned Starlings (Onychognathus salvadorii)

Bristle-crowned Starling, Onychognathus salvadorii, Sarara Camp, Namunyak, Kenya, Africa

 

The Bristle-crowned Starlings (Onychognathus salvadorii) occur naturally in the following African countries: central Ethiopia, northern Kenya, northwestern and southern Somalia and Uganda, where they are typically seen around cliffs and other rocky areas in dry savanna and thorn scrub habitat. On occasion, they will perch on domestic animals. .

Description:

These starlings have a large blue-black plumage.  They are most easily recognized by the fuzzy bump on the forehead. They have very long and pointed tails.  Their large red wing panels are most conspicuous in flight.

Similar Species:

They are similar to other red-winged starlings, except for the forehead bumb, the pointed tail and larger size.

Calls / Vocalizations:

They make a variety of calls, but their most common vocalizations are described as a two-part “chu-pit.” 

Bristle-crowned Starling, Onychognathus salvadorii, Sarara Camp, Namunyak Wildlife Conservation, Kenya, Africa

Geographic Names

  • English:  Bristle-crowned Starling
  • Catalan: estornell de Salvadori
  • Czech: špaček přílbový
  • Danish: Paryksortstær
  • German: Helmstar
  • Spanish: Estornino de Salvadori
  • Finnish: kyhmyrakkeli
  • French: Rufipenne de Salvadori
  • Croatian: kudravi čvorak
  • Hungarian: sisakos dalosseregély
  • Italian: Storno setoloso
  • Japanese: kanmuriterimuku /  カンムリテリムク
  • Lithuanian: Salvadorio ilgauodegis varnėnas
  • Dutch: Borstelkruinspreeuw
  • Norwegian: Parykkstare / Parykkstær
  • Polish: czarnotek pluszogłowy
  • Portuguese:  estorninho-de-coroa-escovada
  • Russian: Шлемоносный скворец
  • Slovak: liskavec štetinkatý
  • Swedish: hjälmglansstare
  • Ukrainian: Моріо кенійський
  • Chinese: 须冠栗翅椋鸟 / 豎冠栗翅椋鳥