French: Choucador à queue fine German: Keilschwanz-Glanzstar Spanish: Estornino colifino
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.
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
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in parts of its fairly extensive range. Rare in Botswana, from where very few records.
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