French: Choucador d’Abbott German: Abbottstar Spanish: Estornino de Abbott
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Highland forest in SC Kenya (E of Rift Valley) and NE Tanzania.
17 cm. Small starling with distinctive plumage pattern. Head, entire upperparts, and chin, throat and breast are blue-black with slight sheen; wing and tail glossy blue-black... read more
Song described as high-pitched and squeaky, with twanging notes; whistling 6-note call, 3 notes... read more
Montane forest, favouring areas of tall trees with discontinuous canopy; 1800–2600 m, ranging... read more
Food and feeding
Diet fruit and insects; fruit of Cornus volkensii recorded. Feeds chiefly in canopy, hawks insects and gleans foliage. In small... read more
Breeding records in Feb, Mar and Oct in Tanzania, and in Oct and Nov in Kenya. Nest in tree hole, including old woodpecker (Picidae) hole;... read more
Resident. Local movements related to fruiting of trees, with fluctuations in numbers and periodic... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Rare within small range. Some evidence of population decline at sites where formerly categorized as common. In Kenya, generally scarce and local on Mt Kenya; few... read more
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