Family Starlings (Sturnidae)

Least Concern

White-collared Starling (Grafisia torquata)


French: Choucador à cou blanc German: Ringstar Spanish: Estornino acollarado

Spreo torquatus


, 1909,

Banyo, western Cameroon




Locally in C & N Cameroon (Adamawa Plateau and Bamenda Highlands), N Central African Republic, N Congo and N DRCongo; non-breeding in Gabon and W Congo. Recently recorded in extreme W DRCongo, where status uncertain#R.

Descriptive notes

21 cm; 61–67 g. Medium-sized, dark starling. Male is uniformly glossy blue-black, except for white patch on upper breast (ending sharply in line with wing); iris orange... read more


Song, apparently from both sexes, and perhaps from groups perched in trees, said to be reminiscent... read more


Open woodland and savanna; recorded also in montane grassland to 1200 m in Cameroon.

Food and feeding

Diet probably mainly fruit; insects also reported in stomach contents. Fruits of Ficus, Musanga, Macaranga assas... read more


In breeding condition and possible nest-building in Cameroon in Feb–Mar. No other information.


Possible seasonal movements; non-breeding visitor in Gabon and parts of PRCongo.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Very poorly known, and status unclear. Apparently uncommon to locally common within fragmented range.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Feare, C. (2019). White-collared Starling (Grafisia torquata). 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 16 December 2019).