French: Choucador de Hildebrandt German: Hildebrandtglanzstar Spanish: Estornino de Hildebrant
NC Kenya S to NC Tanzania.
18 cm; 50–69 g. Has forehead and crown dark glossy blue, half-collar of bronze-green on nape; upperparts dark glossy blue; wing bronze-green, lesser and median coverts... read more
Song a slow sequence of low notes "ch-rak ch-rak chee-chee-wee chee-wee rak rak rak"... read more
Open thornbush country and open woodland between 500 m and 2200 m; also around cattle enclosures... read more
Food and feeding
Diet probably mainly insects; beetles (Coleoptera) and grasshoppers (Orthoptera) noted; hawks alate termites (Isoptera). Seeds (possibly... read more
Season Mar–May and Oct–Dec; on Laikipia Plateau, Kenya, May–Jul. Co-operative breeding reported, but species encountered... read more
Presumed resident, with no more than local movements; absent from breeding areas for several months... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to rather uncommon. Although sometimes regarded as uncommon, this species' habitat is not under threat, and it occurs within several... read more
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