Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Magpie Starling (Speculipastor bicolor)


Taxonomy

French: Choucador pie German: Spiegelstar Spanish: Estornino urraca
Taxonomy:

Speculipastor bicolor

Reichenow

, 1879,

Kipini, Kenya

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

S & E Ethiopia, Somalia, NE Uganda, Kenya (except SW) and NE Tanzania. Probably nomadic or non-breeding visitor S from S Somalia and C Kenya#R.

Descriptive notes

19 cm; 66–69 g. Small starling with white abdomen. Male has head and upperparts, chin, throat and upper breast glossy blue-black, remainder of breast region, belly,... read more

Voice

Song a soft babbling with harsher notes; captive male sang for extended periods. Flight call a... read more

Habitat

Open bushy and wooded country in arid to semi-arid regions, mainly below 1200 m.

Food and feeding

Recorded items include fruit of Ficus, Rhus, Strychnos henningsii and Solanum; insects such as... read more

Breeding

Season May–Jun in Kenya, possibly Feb–Apr in Ethiopia, and Apr–Jun in Somalia; perhaps breeds opportunistically in... read more

Movements

Generally regarded as nomadic; in some areas movements appear to represent regular migration, with... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common. Occurs in arid regions unsuited to permanent human settlement.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2019). Magpie Starling (Speculipastor bicolor). 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/60915 on 23 August 2019).