Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Kenrick's Starling (Poeoptera kenricki)


French: Choucador de Kenrick German: Kenrickstar Spanish: Estornino de Kenrick

Paeoptera [sic] kenricki


, 1894,

Usambara Mountains, Tanzania


Has been considered conspecific with P. stuhlmanni. Birds from Kenya described as race bensoni, supposedly larger than those in Tanzania; but overlap in measurements apparently considerable, and recognition of races seems unwarranted; dubia may be a senior synonym of bensoni#R. Monotypic.


Mountains in C Kenya and NE & E Tanzania (Eastern Arc).

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 46–54 g. Small, dark starling. Male is uniformly black with slight bronzy sheen; iris pale yellow; bill and legs black. Female has head, throat, breast and belly... read more


Musical babble from flocks; loud sweet "peleep" a possible flight call.


Highland forests, generally in areas of high rainfall, at 900–2500 m; visits isolated forest... read more

Food and feeding

Exclusively frugivorous; Ficus and Trema recorded in diet. Feeds in canopy, in noisy flocks of 16–30 individuals,... read more


Recorded in Jan, Mar–May, Jun–Jul and Sept–Nov; main season in Oct. Nest in tree hole; seen at old holes of woodpecker (... read more


Very poorly known. Apparently nomadic, wandering widely; possible altitudinal movements in Eastern... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Tanzania-Malawi Mountains EBA and in Kenyan Mountains EBA. Fairly common but local. Poorly known species, for... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2020). Kenrick's Starling (Poeoptera kenricki). 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).