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Black-bellied Starling Notopholia corusca



Taxonomy

Taxonomic note
Notopholia corusca (del Hoyo and Collar 2016) was previously listed as Lamprotornis corruscus.

Taxonomic source(s)
del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A., Fishpool, L.D.C., Boesman, P. and Kirwan, G.M. 2016. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 2: Passerines. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.
Dowsett, R. J.; Forbes-Watson, A. D. 1993. Checklist of birds of the Afrotropical and Malagasy regions. Tauraco Press, Li
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

IUCN Red List criteria met and history
Red List criteria met
Critically Endangered Endangered Vulnerable
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Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2016 Least Concern
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern
Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency high
Land-mass type Average mass -
Range

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence (breeding/resident) 3,470,000 km2 medium
Severely fragmented? no -
Population
Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
Population size unknown - - -
Population trend decreasing - suspected -
Generation length 4.1 years - - -

Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be locally common to abundant (Feare et al. 1998).

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction and fragmentation.


Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Presence Origin Resident Breeding visitor Non-breeding visitor Passage migrant
Eswatini extant native yes
Kenya extant native yes
Mozambique extant native yes
Somalia extant native yes
South Africa extant native yes
Tanzania extant native yes
Zimbabwe extant native yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Kenya Arabuko-Sokoke Forest
Kenya Dakatcha Woodland
Kenya Marenji Forest
Kenya Mrima Hill Forest
Kenya Shimba Hills
Kenya Tana River Delta
Kenya Lower Tana River Forests
Mozambique Maputo Special Reserve
Mozambique Changelane river gorge
Mozambique Pomene
Mozambique Chimanimani Mountains (Mozambique)
Mozambique Zambezi River Delta
Mozambique Gorongosa Mountain and National Park
Mozambique Primeiras and Segundas Environmental Protection Area (APAIPS)
Somalia Aangole - Farbiito
Somalia Far Waamo
Somalia Laag Badaana
Eswatini Hlane and Mlawula Game Reserves
Tanzania Selous Game Reserve
Tanzania Bagamoyo District Coastal Forests
Tanzania Kisarawe District Coastal Forests
Tanzania Rufiji District Coastal Forests
Tanzania Pande Game Reserve and Dondwe Coastal Forests
Tanzania Kilwa District Coastal Forests
Tanzania Lindi District Coastal Forests
Tanzania Handeni District Coastal Forests
Tanzania Muheza District Coastal Forests
Tanzania Pangani District Coastal Forests
Tanzania Jozani Forest
Tanzania Udzungwa Mountains
Tanzania East Usambara Mountains
Tanzania West Usambara Mountains
South Africa Kruger National Park and adjacent areas
South Africa Ndumo Game Reserve
South Africa Ithala Game Reserve
South Africa Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park
South Africa Umlalazi Nature Reserve
Zimbabwe Haroni - Rusitu junction and Botanical Reserves
Kenya Boni and Dodori National Reserves
South Africa iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland major resident
Altitude   Occasional altitudinal limits (max) 2000 m

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Notopholia corusca. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/black-bellied-starling-notopholia-corusca on 26/02/2024.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2024) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org on 26/02/2024.