489. Lesser Blue-eared Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis chloropterus chloropterus) – widespread & common.
490. Splendid Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis splendidus splendidus) – common in the grounds of the hotel at Lake Awasa.
491. Rüppell's Long-tailed Glossy Starling. (Lamprotornis purpuropterus purpuropterus) – common in the southern Rift Valley.
492. Superb Starling (Lamprotornis superbus) – common in Kenya and southern Ethiopia.
493. * Shelley's Starling (Lamprotornis shelleyi) – common on the road between Mega and Yavello.
494. * White-crowned Starling (Spreo albicapillus) – common on the road from Mega to Yavello, as well as from Melka Ghuba to Yavello.
495. Golden-breasted Starling (Cosmopsarus regius) – common in N Kenya and southern Ethiopia.
496. Ashy Starling (Cosmopsarus unicolor) – the commonest bird on the main road west of Iringa as it passes along the edge of the Udzungwa NP.
497. * Sharpe's Starling (Cinnyricinclus sharpii) – one bird seen while lazing in the Wondo Genet hot-springs.
498. Violet-backed Starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster leucogaster) – in the grounds of the Gorgora hotel, Lake Tana.
(C. l. arabicus) – frequent in the Rift Valley.
499. Magpie Starling (Speculipastor bicolor) – common from Moyale southwards.
500. Wattled Starling (Creatophora cinerea) – several in the hotel grounds at Lake Awasa.
501. Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythorhynchus erythorhynchus) – on cattle around Lake Tana.
(B. e. caffer) – from the southern Rift Valley southwards.
502. Rufous Sparrow (Passer motitensis shelleyi) [considered a separate species P. shelleyi “Kenya Rufous Sparrow” or "White Nile Rufous Sparrow" by some authorities] – common around Negele, also at Lalibela.
503. Grey-headed Sparrow (Passer griseus swainsonii) [considered a separate species P. swainsonii "Swainson's Sparrow" by some authorities] – very common from N Kenya to southern Ethiopia.
504. * Bush Petronia (Petronia dentata dentata) – on the road from Mille to Dese.
505. * Pale Rock-sparrow (Petronia brachydactyla) – near the main road on the outskirts of Djibouti city.
506. White-billed Buffalo Weaver (Bubalornis albirostris) – frequent in the western highlands.
507. Red-billed Buffalo Weaver (Bubalornis niger intermedius) – frequent on the road from Mega to Yavello.
508. White-headed Buffalo Weaver (Dinemellia dinemelli dinemelli) – common in the south.
(D. d. boehmi) – north of Arusha in Tanzania.
(D. d. ruspolii) – common around Lake Tana.
509. Speckle-fronted Weaver (Sporopipes frontalis frontalis) – common in the southern Rift Valley.
510. Stripe-breasted Sparrow-weaver (Plocepasser mahali pectoralis) – north of Arusha in Tanzania.
(P. m. melanorhynchos) – common in the south and Rift valley.
511. * Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver (Plocepasser superciliosus brunnescens) – seen once on the escarpment near Metu.
512. Black-capped Social Weaver (Pseudonigrita cabanisi) – several in the Rift Valley.
513. Baglafecht Weaver (Ploceus baglafecht reichenowi) – identified near Mega.
514. Spectacled Weaver (Ploceus ocularis crocatus) – widespread.
515. Golden Weaver (Ploceus subaureus aureoflavus) – Riverside campsite, Iringa, Tanzania.
516. Holub's Golden Weaver (Ploceus xanthops) – at the hot-springs, Shiwa Ngandu, Zambia.
517. Lesser Masked Weaver (Ploceus intermedius intermedius) – widespread.
518. * Rüppell's Weaver (Ploceus galbula) – small flock in near-non-breeding plumage behind hotel at Lake Langano, but common and in full breeding plumage in northern Djibouti.
519. Speke's Weaver (Ploceus spekei) – common in the Rift Valley.
520. Black-headed Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus abyssinicus) – widespread.
521. * Jubaland Weaver (Ploceus dichrocephalus) – a flock seen along the river near Melka Ghuba, within 1.5 km of the main road.
522. Red-headed Weaver (Anaplectes rubriceps melanotis) – several seen at Sof Omar.
Most weavers were in non-breeding plumage, so very hard to identify. Consequently these records do not reflect how common weavers are in all habitats throughout Ethiopia.
523. Red-billed Quelea (Quelea quelea aethiopica) – widespread and common, occasionally in large flocks (10 000+).
524. Fire-crowned Bishop (Euplectes hordeaceus craspedoptera) – widespread.
525. Northern Red Bishop (Euplectes franciscana pusilla) – widespread.
526. Yellow-mantled Widowbird (Euplectes macrourus macrocercus) – widespread in highlands.
527. White-winged Widowbird (Euplectes albonotatus albonotatus) – widespread.
Most Bishops and Widowbirds were in non-breeding plumage, so very hard to identify.
An Ethiopian trip: 27/11/1999 to 17/01/2000Giles Mulholland 31 January 2000