Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Long-tailed Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis caudatus)


Taxonomy

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

Turdus caudatus

Statius Müller

, 1776,

Senegal

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60893 on 20 August 2018).