French: Choucador de Sharpe German: Rostbauchstar Spanish: Estornino de Sharpe
F. J. Jackson
Eldama Ravine, Kenya
SE South Sudan, SC & SW Ethiopia, extreme E DRCongo, W Uganda, W parts of Rwanda and Burundi, Mt Elgon (E Uganda–W Kenya border), N, C & S Kenya, and N, W & SW Tanzania.
18 cm; 40–56 g. Small starling with distinctive plumage. Has crown, side of head, nape and entire upperside, including wing and tail, glossy blue-black; chin, throat... read more
Song, by male from songpost, a short series of very high, thin sharp whistles, rising and falling,... read more
Montane forest in high-rainfall areas, also forest edges and clearings, and isolated copses of... read more
Food and feeding
Primarily frugivorous; some insects taken. Fruits eaten include Sapium, Olea, Bridelia, Eugenia capensis... read more
Season Feb–Apr in Sudan and Ethiopia, Apr–Jun in W Kenya and Oct–Dec in Tanzania; likely (on basis of breeding condition... read more
Presumed resident, but local movements likely. Absence from Rwandan forest during Oct–Dec... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to uncommon. Fragmented distribution in mountains, with isolated records in W & SW Tanzania. Single record from Mafinga Mts, in... read more
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