French: Choucador pie German: Spiegelstar Spanish: Estornino urraca
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.
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
Song a soft babbling with harsher notes; captive male sang for extended periods. Flight call a... read more
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
Season May–Jun in Kenya, possibly Feb–Apr in Ethiopia, and Apr–Jun in Somalia; perhaps breeds opportunistically in... read more
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.
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