Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

Stuhlmann's Starling (Poeoptera stuhlmanni)


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

Stilbopsar stuhlmanni


, 1893,

Badjua, on plateau west of Lake Albert, DRCongo


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


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


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


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


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


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 on 6 December 2019).