French: Choucador superbe German: Dreifarben-Glanzstar Spanish: Estornino soberbio
SE South Sudan, NE Uganda, S, C & E Ethiopia, Somalia (except NE) and Kenya S to C Tanzania.
18 cm; 52–77 g. Small, short-tailed starling with distinctive plumage pattern. Crown and ear-coverts are bronzy black, nape, mantle, back and rump glossy blue-green,... read more
Song, often given for extended periods from shady trees during hottest hours of day, a long and... read more
Open woodland, including very arid country; also lakeshore woodlands, cultivated areas and gardens... read more
Food and feeding
Diet chiefly insects, such as beetles (Coleoptera), ants (Formicidae), flies (Diptera), termites (Isoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera),... read more
Oct–Feb in Ethiopia and Mar–Jun in Somalia; recorded in all months, with peaks Mar–Apr and Nov–Dec; in E Africa, on... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and abundant within its range. Common in many national parks and other protected areas.
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