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