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White-starred Robin

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Pogonocichla stellata
Photo by Charlie M Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Photo by Charlie M
Location: Nairobi, Kenya


[edit] Identification

Length 15-16 cm, mass 18-26 g.

Adult: Head and throat slate-grey with white spots (usually concealed) on the lower throat and forehead. Back olive-green and breast and belly orange-yellow. Yellow windows in the tail are obvious in flight.

[edit] Distribution

Forests of eastern Africa: Extreme southern Sudan to southern South Africa.

[edit] Taxonomy

Pogonocichla stellata has ten subspecies:[1]

  • P. s. ruwenzorii
  • P. s. guttifer
  • P. s. elgonensis
  • P. s. pallidiflava
  • P. s. macarthuri
  • P. s. helleri
  • P. s. orientalis
  • P. s. transvaalensis
  • P. s. stellata
  • P. s. intensa

[edit] Habitat

Breeds in the understorey of Afromontane forest. An altitudinal migrant; when not breeding, uses a wider variety of well-wooded habitats (including gardens and riverine forest).

[edit] Behaviour

Usually solitary. Forages in understory and canopy, mainly for invertebrates (mainly beetles); also eats small fruit and small invertebrates (such as small frogs).

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  2. Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
  3. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154

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