Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Sharp-tailed Starling (Lamprotornis acuticaudus)


French: Choucador à queue fine German: Keilschwanz-Glanzstar Spanish: Estornino colifino

Lamprocolius acuticaudus


, 1869,

Huíla, Angola


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. a. acuticaudus (Bocage, 1869) – C Angola (S to SC Huíla), S DRCongo, W & N Zambia and SW Tanzania.
  • L. a. ecki Clancey, 1980 – S Angola, NE Namibia and extreme NW Botswana.
  • Descriptive notes

    20 cm; 61–76 g. Medium-sized starling with a fairly short, graduated tail. ­Nominate race has crown, nape and upperparts glossy green; wing glossy green, with... read more


    Song is a series of high-pitched warbling and upslurred notes with chuckles and churrs. Contact... read more


    Inhabits open woodland, particularly dry miombo (Brachystegia) and mopane (Colo­... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet fruit and probably insects; fruit of Diospyros kirkii and Diospyros lycioides recorded. In pairs and small flocks.... read more


    Breeds apparently Aug–Oct in Angola; Oct in Zambia and Nov–Mar in Namibia. Nest a pad of grass, hair and feathers in tree hole... read more


    Presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common in parts of its fairly extensive range. Rare in Botswana, from where very few records.

    Recommended citation

    Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2019). Sharp-tailed Starling (Lamprotornis acuticaudus). 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 on 7 December 2019).