Chestnut-bellied Starling Lamprotornis pulcher


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.

IUCN Red list criteria met and history
Red List criteria met
Critically Endangered Endangered Vulnerable
- - -

Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2018 Least Concern
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 does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type Average mass -

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 6,230,000 medium
Number of locations -
Severely Fragmented -
Population and trend
Value Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals unknown not applicable not applicable 0
Population trend stable suspected -
Decline (3 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (5 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation future) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation past and future) - - -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Percentage in largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 4.1 - - -

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

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Presence Origin Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Benin extant native yes
Burkina Faso extant native yes
Cameroon extant native yes
Chad extant native yes
Eritrea extant native yes
Ethiopia extant native yes
Gambia extant native yes
Ghana extant native yes
Mali extant native yes
Mauritania extant native yes
Niger extant native yes
Nigeria extant native yes
Senegal extant native yes
Sudan extant native yes
Togo extant native yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Burkina Faso Lake Oursi - Lake Darkoye
Cameroon Kalamaloué National Park
Cameroon Lake Maga
Cameroon Logone flood-plain
Cameroon Waza National Park
Chad Fada Archei
Chad Lake Chad
Chad Ouadi Rimé - Ouadi Achim
Eritrea Central Plateau (Keren)
Eritrea Western Plain: Barka river
Eritrea Western Plain: Gash - Setit
Mali Ag Oua - Ag Arbech
Mali Falaise de Bandiagara
Mali Lac Débo - Lac Oualado Débo
Mali Tombouctou
Mauritania Diawling National Park
Mauritania Wad Initi
Mauritania Wagchogda
Niger 'W' National Park
Niger Dallol Boboye
Niger Dilia de Lagané
Niger Makalondi district
Niger NNR Aïr - Ténéré
Niger Termit Mountains
Nigeria Chad Basin National Park: Chingurmi - Duguma Sector
Nigeria Hadejia-Nguru wetlands
Nigeria Sambisa Game Reserve
Senegal Ferlo North
Senegal Ferlo South
Senegal Guembeul Avifaunal Reserve and St Louis lagoons
Senegal Lac de Guiers
Senegal Ndiaël basin (including the Trois Marigots)
Senegal River Sénégal (Ntiagar to Richard-Toll)
Sudan En Nahud
Sudan Jebel Marra
Sudan Lake Kundi
Sudan Um Badr lake

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Savanna Dry major resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major resident
Altitude   Occasional altitudinal limits  

Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Pets/display animals, horticulture - - international non-trivial recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Lamprotornis pulcher. Downloaded from on 28/05/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 28/05/2023.