Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Golden-breasted Starling (Lamprotornis regius)


Taxonomy

French: Choucador royal German: Königsglanzstar Spanish: Estornino pechidorado
Taxonomy:

Cosmopsarus regius

Reichenow

, 1879,

Massa, Tana River, Kenya

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This species and L. unicolor sometimes placed in a separate genus, Cosmopsarus. Proposed race magnificus (described from Tsavo, in S Kenya) appears inseparable from birds in rest of species’ range. Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Descriptive notes

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

Voice

Song, often from tree during heat of day, an extended warbling. Alarm call harsh "chairr... read more

Habitat

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

Breeding

Season Mar–May in Ethiopia, Apr–Jun in Somalia, Mar–May and Nov–Dec (during both rainy seasons) in Kenya; may be... read more

Movements

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.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2019). Golden-breasted Starling (Lamprotornis regius). 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/60899 on 20 September 2019).