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Ashy Starling

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Lamprotornis unicolor

Cosmopsarus unicolor, Spreo unicolor


[edit] Identification

30cm (11¾ in). A medium-sized, slender starling with a very long, narrow tail.

  • Uniformly ash-grey plumage with some oily-green sheen on remiges and tail
  • Long, narrow tail with some cross barring
  • Blackish mask on lores and around eye
  • Pale cream eye with dark inner ring
  • Black bill and legs

Sexes similar. Juveniles are dull ashy brown, have pale brown feather tips, a dark brown eye and a horn-coloured bill.

[edit] Distribution

Found in interior Tanzania.
Common in its limited range.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].
This species has been placed in Lamprotornis2,3, Cosmopsarus4,5 and Spreo1.

[edit] Habitat

Acacia woodlands, gardens. Occurs from 1100m to 1800m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds mainly on insects, takes also some insects.
Forages in pairs or small groups on the ground.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding season from February to March. A monogamous species. Co-operative breeding occurs regularly. The nest is placed in a tree hole. Lays 3 - 4 eggs.

[edit] Movements

A resident species, some dry-season movements suggested.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Dickinson, EC, ed. 2003. The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 3rd ed., with updates to December 2007 (Corrigenda 7). Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691117010
  3. Gill, F and M Wright. 2008. Birds of the World: Recommended English Names. Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ, USA. 2006. ISBN 9780691128276. Update (2008) downloaded from
  4. Sibley, CG and BL Monroe. 1996. Birds of the World, on diskette, Windows version 2.0. Charles G. Sibley, Santa Rosa, CA, USA.
  5. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154
  6. BF Member observations

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