French: Spréo à calotte blanche German: Weißscheitel-Glanzstar Spanish: Estornino coroniblanco
S & E Ethiopia, N Kenya and N & W Somalia.
23–27 cm. Large, pale-eyed starling with distinctive plumage pattern. Has crown white, lores and ear-coverts dull grey, nape and upperparts bronzy green with some gloss... read more
Song of upslurred sounds of varied lengths, transcribed as "krrrri-kuri-kuri-koyi". Shrill, rising... read more
Park-like thornveld and acacia (Acacia) woodland, also open cattle pastures, and near... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes insects, fruit and seeds. Flocks gather at fruiting Salvadora trees, and feed on cultivated dates (Phoenix... read more
Breeds Mar–May in Ethiopia, Mar–Apr in Kenya and Apr–Jun in Somalia. Co-operative breeding suspected, but uncon... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Utilizes man-modified habitats. May cause some damage to commercial fruit crops, e.g. cultivated dates in Somalia.
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