French: Rufipenne de Blyth German: Somalistar Spanish: Estornino somalí
Eritrea, Djibouti, N Ethiopia and N Somalia; also Socotra I.
28 cm; 100 g. Rather large, dark starling with long, graduated tail. Male plumage is mostly uniformly purple-black with some gloss; primaries reddish-brown with narrow black... read more
Flight call high-pitched, musical "tleep"; harsh "scraich" alarm call;... read more
Primarily high mountains in arid regions, also rocky cliffs at lower altitudes. Breeds mostly above... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mostly fruit and insects. Fruit of Ficus, Juniperus, Olea and Dracaena cinnabari; insects include... read more
Season Apr in Eritrea, Apr–May and Sept in Ethiopia, and May in Somalia; Nov–Apr on Socotra on basis of presence of juveniles.... read more
Resident, with some altitudinal movement. Seasonal visitor May–Jun to Bale Mts, in SC... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally abundant. Population on Socotra estimated at 33,000 individuals. Lives mainly in arid mountainous areas, where few direct threats.... read more
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