Coppertailed glossystarling

Lamprotornis cupreocauda subfamily

Sturninae taxonomy

Lamprocolius cupreocauda Hartlaub, 1857. Considered closely related to Lamprotornis purpureiceps and some consider these as variants of the same species.

other common names

English: Coppery-tailed glossy-starling; French: Choucador à queu bronzée; German: Kupferglanzstar; Spanish: Estornino de Cola Cobriza.

physical characteristics

7.1-8.3 in (18-21 cm); weight 1.9-2.3 oz (53-66 g). Dark blue-violet glossy plumage with copper-brown tail feathers and blackish bill and legs. Juvenile is sooty brown with a slight purple gloss on the crown and a tinge of glossy green on upper parts.


West Africa from Sierra Leone to Ghana. habitat

Mature lowland forest canopy in both primary and cutover forest; especially riverine forest.


Endemic resident. Seen in flocks of up to 50 birds; sometimes joins mixed-species flocks; flight swift and direct.

feeding ecology and diet

Diet includes fruit, especially figs, and insects found in the forest canopy.

reproductive biology

Nest and eggs unknown, but adults have been seen at holes in dead trees in October and fledged young seen in December; adult also seen with three fledged young in February.

conservation status Near Threatened.

significance to humans None known. ♦

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