French: Étourneau caronculé German: Lappenstar Spanish: Estornino carunculado
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Eritrea, Ethiopia and NW & S Somalia S to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania, also from W & S Angola and SE DRCongo S to Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and throughout South Africa. Highly nomadic, annual during non-breeding in N Cameroon#R.
21 cm; 64–85 g. Medium-sized, greyish starling with white rump in all plumages. Male in non-breeding condition has light grey body plumage, with white rump, and off-... read more
Song long wheezy phrases of more than 20 seconds, given during courtship approach to female, also... read more
Lightly wooded dry savanna, also open and cultivated lands, usually with short grass; often in arid... read more
Food and feeding
Diet primarily insects; also plant matter, including nectar. Insects taken include locusts (Acrididae), beetles (Coleoptera), termites (... read more
Often apparently opportunistic, related to abundant insect food; Jul in Eritrea, May–Aug in Ethiopia, May in Somalia, Apr–May,... read more
Highly nomadic; although breeding mainly seasonal, location of colonies dependent on abundance of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Very widespread and locally common. Population in Kruger National Park, in South Africa, estimated at more than 130,000 individuals, and in Kgalagadi... read more
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