French: Rufipenne de Socotra German: Sokotrastar Spanish: Estornino de Socotora
P. L. Sclater and Hartlaub, 1881,
25 cm; 100 g. Rather large, dark starling with fairly long, slightly graduated tail. Plumage is uniformly glossy black, except for reddish-brown primaries with dark brown... read more
Most frequent call a clear, far-carrying whistle, "pee-hoo"; alarm a harsh "scraich... read more
Breeds and roosts in rocky areas; favours wooded areas for feeding, also visiting town gardens.
Food and feeding
Diet mainly fruit and insects. Fruits recorded include those of Ficus, Zizyphus and Dracaena cinnabari; legume... read more
Nest-building and incubation observed in Nov; sightings of juveniles indicate breeding also Dec–Mar. Nest apparently a pile of grass... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Socotra EBA. Population estimated at 12,000 individuals in 2003. Species' conservation status formerly rated... read more
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