Bristle-crowned Starling Onychognathus salvadorii

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A large blue-black starling with a fuzzy bump on the forehead. The very long and pointed tail and large red wing panels are conspicuous in flight. Found around cliffs and other rocky areas in dry savanna and thorn scrub habitat. Sometimes sits on domestic animals. Similar to other red-winged starlings, but note the larger size, the more pointed tail, and the forehead bump. Gives a variety of simple vocalizations, of which the most common is a two-part “chu-pit.”

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