- Lamprotornis hildebrandti
18cm (7 in)
- Dark glossy blue forehead and crown
- Bronze-green half-collar on nape
- Dark glossy blue upperparts
- Bronze-green wing with dark spots
- Glossy blue-green tail
- Dark glossy purple chin, throat, ear-coverts and upper breast
- Light orange-buff lower breast and upper belly
- Rufous lower belly, flanks, thighs and undertail-coverts
- Orange-red eye
- Black bill and legs
Sexes similar. Juveniles have dull charcoal-grey upperparts and pale chestnut-brown underparts, a brown eye, a dull yellow eyering and a dull orange-yellow bill.
Open bush and open woodland. Also around cattle and settlements. Occurs at 500 - 2200m.
Feeds mainly on insects (like beetles and grasshoppers), may also take fruit.
Forages in pairs or small flocks on the ground. Feeds often together with Superb Starling, Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling or Wattled Starling.
Breeding season from March to May and October to December, May to July on Laikipia Plateau in Kenya. Co-operative breeding reported. The nest is placed in a tree hole or in an artificial hole (in a lamppost or telegraphe pole). Lays 3 - 4 eggs. Brood parasitism by Great Spotted Cuckoo reported.
Presumably a resident species.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Hildebrandt's Starling. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 3 March 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Hildebrandt%27s_Starling