Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Long-tailed Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis caudatus)


French: Choucador à longue queue German: Langschwanz-Glanzstar Spanish: Estornino colilargo

Turdus caudatus

Statius Müller

, 1776,





S Mauritania, Senegambia, Guinea-Bissau and N Guinea E in narrow band (semi-arid belt) to S Chad, N & SC Central African Republic, SW & SC Sudan and NW South Sudan.

Descriptive notes

c. 40–50 cm, including tail of up to 33 cm; 103–133 g. Large glossy starling with extremely long, strongly gradu­ated, supple tail, rectrices paired in step-... read more


Common call a sing-song "elekele", and coughing "chuc-chu-chu". Raucous alarm... read more


Park-like savanna woodland, farmland, well-wooded residential areas, thorn-thickets and wooded... read more

Food and feeding

Diet fruit, such as Azadirachta indica, and insects, including terrestrial and winged ants (Formicidae) and alate termites (... read more


Season Sept–Nov in Senegal and Gambia, Aug–Oct in Mali, Jun in Burkina Faso and Niger, Sept–Oct in Nigeria and Sept... read more


Mainly resident. Local movement during dry season.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Not uncommon to common; common in most parts of range. Widely distributed, and utilizes man-modified habitats.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2020). Long-tailed Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis caudatus). 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 23 February 2020).