Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Stuhlmann's Starling (Poeoptera stuhlmanni)


Taxonomy

French: Choucador de Stuhlmann German: Stuhlmannstar Spanish: Estornino de Stuhlmann
Taxonomy:

Stilbopsar stuhlmanni

Reichenow

, 1893,

Badjua, on plateau west of Lake Albert, DRCongo

.

Closely related to P. kenricki, with which has been considered conspecific. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SW Ethiopia, S South Sudan (Imatong Mts), E DRCongo, SW Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, Mt Elgon (Uganda–Kenya border), W Kenya and W Tanzania (W of Rift Valley).

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 38–46 g. Small, dark starling. Male has head, nape, and chin to breast dark blue-black with blue sheen; upperparts and belly, flanks, thighs and undertail-... read more

Voice

Song a string of whistles and chuckles. Contact call musical "prtlee" or variants, typically... read more

Habitat

Highland and montane forest, generally at 1500–2600 m.

Food and feeding

Diet apparently entirely fruit, including Ficus, Trema, Urera, Olea, Sapium, Schefflera... read more

Breeding

Breeds Mar in Ethiopia, Apr in Sudan, Feb–Mar in Uganda and Jun in E DRCongo (Kivu region); recorded Dec and Mar in Kenya. Nest in... read more

Movements

Presumed resident, with local movements related to fruiting patterns.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common within its limited range.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2019). Stuhlmann's Starling (Poeoptera stuhlmanni). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/60920 on 6 December 2019).