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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. shelleyiKenya Rufous Sparrowor "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

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