Red-shouldered Glossy-starlings or Cape Glossy Starlings

The Red-shouldered Glossy Starlings (Lamprotornis nitens) – also known as Cape Glossy Starlings, Cape Starlings or Damarland Glossy Starlings – are endemic to Africa, specifically the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Distribution / Range

Their range stretches from the mouth of the Congo River south through western and southern Angola to southwestern Zambia and Zimbabwe, south to Namibia, Botswana, South Africa (except the southern and southwestern Cape region and dry western interior), western lowlands of Lesotho, Swaziland and southern Mozambique.

Cape Glossy Starling

Alternate (Global) Names

Afrikaans: Kleinglansspreeu … Chinese: ????? … Czech: Leskoptev rudohrbetá, leskoptev savanová … Danish: Rødskuldret Glansstær … Dutch: Roodschouderglansspreeuw … Finnish: Turkoosikottarainen … French: Choucador à épaulettes rouges, Étourneau métallique à épaulettes rouges, Étourneau métallique brillant, Merle métallique à épaulettes rouges … German: Rotschulter-Glanzstar … Italian: Storno splendente spallerosse, Storno splendido alirosse … Japanese: akagatamakieterimuku, akagataterimuku … Kwangali: Ndjundju … Norwegian: Grønnglansstær … Polish: blyszczak lsniacy, b?yszczak l?ni?cy … Portuguese: Estorninho-metálico … Russian: ???????????? ????????? ??????? … Slovak: liskavec akáciový … Shona: Hwirikwiri … Siswant: Likhweti … Sotho, Northern: Legodi … Sotho, Southern: Leholi-piloane … Spanish: Estornino Brillante de Hombros Rojos, Estornino de El Cabo … Swedish: Rödskuldrad glansstare … Tswana: Legôdi … Tsonga: Kwezu leri tsongo … Xhosa: Inyakrili … Zulu: iKhwezi

Red-shouldered Glossy Starling
Cape Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis nitens)
Cape Glossy Starling
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