Monday, November 26, 2018

Sharp-tailed Starling (Lamprotornis acuticaudus). All Birds Considered.

Inspired by David Attenborough’s book, The Life of Birds, is a monthly spin-off segment of my blog called “All Birds Considered”, which I hope will bring attention to some of the more unusual, and lesser known birds of our world.

The Life of Birds by David Attenborough
Species; The Sharp-tailed Starling (Lamprotornis acuticaudus).

Introduction; The Sharp-tailed Starling (Lamprotornis acuticaudus), also known as the sharp-tailed glossy-starling, is a species of starling in the family Sturnidae. It inhabits open woodland (namely miombo) in Angola, northern Botswana, the southern DRC, northern Namibia, western Tanzania, and Zambia.

Sharp-tailed Starling (Lamprotornis acuticaudus)
Image Credit: Wikipedia
Description; Similar to Cape Glossy and Greater Blue-eared Starlings, but has a distinctive, wedge-shaped tail (not square-tipped). In flight, undersides of primaries appear pale (not black as in other glossy starlings). Eyes red (male) or orange (female). Juv. Is duller, with a matt grey body, scaled buffy, wings and tail slightly glossy; eyes brown.  

Sharp-tailed Starling (Lamprotornis acuticaudus)
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Voice; Reedy “chwee-chwee-chwee”, higher pitched and less varied than Cape Glossy Starling.

Behavior; NA.

Habitat; Rare resident and local nomad in broadleaf woodland and dry riverbeds. Often in small flocks.

Conservation and population; Least Concern (IUCN 3.1).


Birds of Southern Africa; fourth edition. Sinclair, Hockey, Tarboton and Ryan.


The Life of Birds by David Attenborough, 1998.

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