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Cinnyricinclus leucogaster verreauxi 

Actual scientific name :   Cinnyricinclus leucogaster verreauxi 
Old scientific name :   Cinnyricinclus leucogaster verreauxi 
French name :   Etourneau améthyste
English name :   Violet-backed Starling
Vernacular name :  
Ncheledya, djilabwino (Kibemba); Kamukundu (Kiluba);


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Description :   The male has an unusual plumage with a white belly and glossy amethyst upperparts, head and throat. Female has brown upperparts and white underparts streaked with brown.  
Habitat :   Common in Katanga. 
Behaviour :   Migrate from one side to the other of the Equator. The calendar of these migrations are not well known yet. It is not rare to see large flocks of these birds during the maturation of some fruits.  
Diet :   Mainly berries and fruits.  
Life history :   Nidification takes place right in the beginning of the rainy season. The nest is often placed in a tree hole. 
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