French: Choucador à queue étroite German: Spitzschwanzstar Spanish: Estornino rabilargo
no locality = Gabon
N & E Sierra Leone, N & E Liberia and S Ivory Coast; S Ghana, SW Togo, Nigeria and Cameroon S, including Bioko, to Gabon, Congo and NW Angola (Cabinda S to Cuanza Norte); and SW Central African Republic, SW, SC & NE DRCongo and W Uganda.
18 cm; 35–43 g. Small, slim, dark starling with very long, narrow, graduated tail. Male is uniformly dark glossy blue except for remiges and tail, which are black with... read more
Flight call a shrill, cheeping in chorus; also melodious whistling calls, which are possibly... read more
Lowland forest, ranging out into forest patches; also coffee plantations, regenerating patches of... read more
Food and feeding
Diet primarily fruit, also insects. Fruits including Musanga, Rauwolfia, Macaranga; also arils of Pycnanthus... read more
Season Dec–Jan in Liberia, Jan in Nigeria and Cameroon, Dec–Mar in Gabon and Feb–Mar in Angola; in DRCongo, Dec in NE (... read more
Presumed resident; movements related to fruiting patterns of forest trees likely.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Not uncommon to scarce and local; locally common in Angola. Few records in Ghana and Togo, and uncommon in Nigeria. Recorded in SW Central African... read more
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