Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Fischer's Starling (Lamprotornis fischeri)


French: Spréo de Fischer German: Fischerglanzstar Spanish: Estornino de Fischer

Notauges Fischeri


, 1884,

plains near Pare Mountains, Moshi district, south of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania


See L. bicolor. Present species has also been placed with L. unicolor and L. regius in a separate genus, Cosmopsarus. Monotypic.


SE Ethiopia, S Somalia, E Kenya and NE Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

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.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2020). Fischer's Starling (Lamprotornis fischeri). 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 25 February 2020).