Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Hildebrandt's Starling (Lamprotornis hildebrandti)


French: Choucador de Hildebrandt German: Hildebrandtglanzstar Spanish: Estornino de Hildebrant

Notauges Hildebrandti


, 1878,

Ukamba, Kenya


Closely related to L. shelleyi, with which formerly considered conspecific. Monotypic.


NC Kenya S to NC Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

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

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2019). Hildebrandt's Starling (Lamprotornis hildebrandti). 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 15 December 2019).