French: Spréo de Fischer German: Fischerglanzstar Spanish: Estornino de Fischer
plains near Pare Mountains, Moshi district, south of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
SE Ethiopia, S Somalia, E Kenya and NE Tanzania.
18 cm; 51 g. Small starling with white eyes and white on underparts. Cap or whole head paler ash-grey than rest of upperparts and breast, sometimes whitish; rest of... read more
Song a squeaky, metallic phrase, reminiscent of song of Dark-backed Weaver (Ploceus bicolor... read more
Dry, open thornveld and wooded savanna, to 1900 m.
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects, including termites (Isoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), and both adult and larval butterflies... read more
Apr–May in Ethiopia, Mar–Jun in Somalia, Apr–May and Sept–Nov in Kenya, and Dec in Tanzania. Monogamous; co-... read more
Presumed resident; seasonal peak in numbers in S Kenya (Tsavo) suggests local movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Restricted to a thinly populated region unsuitable for agriculture.
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