French: Choucador royal German: Königsglanzstar Spanish: Estornino pechidorado
Massa, Tana River, Kenya
S & E Ethiopia, Somalia, E Kenya and NE Tanzania.
30 cm; 46–63 g. Highly distinctive, colourful starling with very long, narrow, graduated tail. Has crown, nape, chin, throat and cheek glossy greenish-blue, lores and... read more
Song, often from tree during heat of day, an extended warbling. Alarm call harsh "chairr... read more
Dry bush and savanna in arid and semi-arid regions; sea-level to c. 1200 m, generally below 1000 m. read more
Food and feeding
Diet consists primarily of insects, also some fruit of Commiphora and Dobera. Insects include beetles (Coleoptera), ants... read more
Season Mar–May in Ethiopia, Apr–Jun in Somalia, Mar–May and Nov–Dec (during both rainy seasons) in Kenya; may be... read more
Presumed resident; some fluctuation in numbers (as in Tsavo region of Kenya) suggests local... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common. Inhabits thinly populated regions, and common in national parks within its range.
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