French: Rufipenne de Salvadori German: Helmstar Spanish: Estornino de Salvadori
Turquel, Suk country, northern Kenya.
NW & S Somalia, C Ethiopia and N Kenya; possibly also E Uganda.
40 cm; 160 g. Very large, dark starling with very long, graduated tail, and small "cushion" of bristly feathers on forehead (covering nostrils); also bristly feathers under... read more
Song consists of musical whistles, similar to those of O. morio; male sings from perch... read more
Arid highlands, with cliffs and permanent water; may enter towns and gardens. Generally below 1300... read more
Food and feeding
Primarily frugivorous; fruit and seeds reported in stomach contents. Forages in Salvadora bushes. In pairs and small flocks.
Breeds Apr in Ethiopia, and May–Jun and Sept in Kenya; food-carrying adult in May in NW Somalia. Monogamous. Possibly in loose... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in unpopulated montane regions; rather patchily distributed. Single record from Mt Moroto, in E Uganda.
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