French: Rufipenne à bec fin German: Zimtflügelstar Spanish: Estornino picofino
SC Eritrea S to C & S Ethiopia; E DRCongo, SW Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi; Mt Elgon (Uganda–Kenya border) and W & C Kenya; NE, C & S Tanzania (Eastern Arc Mts); and NE Zambia and N Malawi (Nyika Plateau).
25–30 cm; 127–142 g. Dark starling with rufous in wing, long sharply graduated tail. Male has crown, nape and chin black with greenish gloss, upperparts and... read more
Song, often in chorus, consists of whistles and harsher notes. Flight call a high-pitched "pleek";... read more
Inhabits montane forest from 1500 m to 3000 m, ranging up into alpine moorland zone as high as 5000... read more
Food and feeding
Diet primarily fruit; also nectar, and some invertebrates. Fruits taken include those of Trema, Alongium, Sapium... read more
Season Dec–Jan in Ethiopia, Dec in Rwenzori region of SW Uganda, Jan–Mar and Aug–Dec in Kenya and Tanzania, and Sept... read more
Presumed mostly resident; extensive altitudinal movements and some local wandering.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to very common; uncommon to scarce in Eritrea (Senafe and Guna Guna region).
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