Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Emerald Starling (Lamprotornis iris)


Taxonomy

French: Choucador iris German: Schillerglanzstar Spanish: Estornino esmeralda
Taxonomy:

Coccycolius iris

Oustalet

, 1879,

Los Islands, coast of Guinea, probably error = interior Guinea

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Sometimes placed in a monotypic genus, Coccycolius. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Guinea, N Sierra Leone and C Ivory Coast.

Descriptive notes

21 cm. Small, distinctive, glossy green starling with medium-length tail. Has curved patch of purple from behind eye, extending over ear-coverts and down towards side of... read more

Voice

Wheezy and squeaky calls; captive individual gave high-pitched "pee-pee-pee" in alarm, harsher... read more

Habitat

Savanna woodland.

Food and feeding

Diet fruit and insects. Fruit of Ficus and Harungana madagascariensis; insects such as ants (Formicidae) and caterpillars... read more

Breeding

Breeding in Mar in Sierra Leone. May be a co-operative breeder, as captive groups seen to have helpers, latter including adults and... read more

Movements

Presumed resident; some local movements, possibly seasonal. Vagrant recorded in SW Mali.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Until surveys in 2012–2013, so poorly known that it was considered Data Deficient; listed as Least Concern in 2015. Reported as... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A., Feare, C. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Emerald Starling (Lamprotornis iris). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60910 on 19 December 2018).