French: Rufipenne à bec blanc German: Weißschnabelstar Spanish: Estornino piquiblanco
Ptilonorhynchus (Kitta) albirostris
Highlands from S Eritrea S to C Ethiopia.
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
Song intermediate between chatter and musical whistling; calls at nest repeated "kwit-kwit"; less... read more
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
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
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to very common; uncommon in S of range (Bale Mts).
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