Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

White-billed Starling (Onychognathus albirostris)


Taxonomy

French: Rufipenne à bec blanc German: Weißschnabelstar Spanish: Estornino piquiblanco
Taxonomy:

Ptilonorhynchus (Kitta) albirostris

Rüppell

, 1836,

Ethiopia

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Highlands from S Eritrea S to C Ethiopia.

Descriptive notes

25 cm; 130–145 g. Medium-sized, pale-billed dark starling with comparatively short tail; feathers in front of eye directed forwards along bill, covering nostrils. Male... read more

Voice

Song intermediate between chatter and musical whistling; calls at nest repeated "kwit-kwit"; less... read more

Habitat

Rocky gorges and cliffs, between 2000 m and 3000 m; locally also in towns.

Food and feeding

Diet fruit and insects. Fruit of Ficus and Juniperus eaten; insects include grasshoppers (Orthoptera), beetles (... read more

Breeding

Breeds Aug–Oct in Ethiopia; nest-building in Jun in Eritrea. Monogamous. Nest in hole or crevice in rock, or on man-made structure,... read more

Movements

Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common to very common; uncommon in S of range (Bale Mts).

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2019). White-billed Starling (Onychognathus albirostris). 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/60887 on 23 September 2019).