Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Benguela Long-tailed Starling (Lamprotornis benguelensis)


French: Choucador du Benguela German: Miomboglanzstar Spanish: Estornino de Benguela

L[amprotornis]. benguelensis


, 1906,

Rio Chimba, Benguela


Hitherto treated as conspecific with L. mevesii and L. violacior. Latter is closer in colour and size, but present species differs in its glossy copper-brown vs royal-purple breast, crown and back (4); greenish-copper vs dull reddish-copper rump and uppertail-coverts (2); use of miombo Brachystegia rather than acacia or mopane woodland (1); possible slight overlap with L. violacior#R or parapatric distribution (approach noted to within 65 km#R; no score as situation unclear). Monotypic.

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SW Angola, at S end of W escarpment from Benguela S to Namibe.

Descriptive notes

30–36 cm. Fairly large starling with long, strongly graduated tail, central rectrices clearly longest. Distinctive in plumage compared to formerly conspecific L. mevesii... read more


No specific information, but vocalizations not known to differ from formerly conspecific L.... read more


Exhibits a clear preference for miombo (Brachystegia) woodland, rather than mopane (... read more

Food and feeding

Almost nothing known, although diet and foraging behaviour are presumably similar to those of other Lamprotornis starlings.


No information.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to a small part of the Western Angola EBA. Locally common, but population size is unknown. Overall... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Benguela Long-tailed Starling (Lamprotornis benguelensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 February 2020).