Kenricks starling

Poeoptera kenricki subfamily

Sturninae taxonomy

Paeoptera [sic] kenricki Shelley, 1894, Tanganyika. Sometimes considered conspecific with Poeoptera stuhlmanni.

other common names

French: Rufipenne de Kenrick; German: Kenrickstar; Spanish: Estornino de Kenrick.

physical characteristics

5.9 in (15 cm); weight 1.3-1.9 oz (38-54 g). Dark plumage with dark brownish wings and olive-gray sheen. Bill and legs black. Eyes yellow. Juvenile is similar to adult female, but duller and more sooty on the body.

distribution

Disjunct populations in mountains of East Africa in central Kenya and northeastern Tanzania.

habitat

Forest canopy in high rainfall areas. behavior

Endemic resident. Social, traveling in noisy flocks, but does not join mixed-species flocks. Apparently nomadic, sometimes visits isolated forest areas.

feeding ecology and diet

Primarily frugivorous; favors figs (Ficus); stays in forest canopy to mid-canopy.

reproductive biology

Cavity nester that uses old woodpecker or barbet holes; no details; laying suggested to be mainly in October.

conservation status

Not threatened.

significance to humans None known. ♦

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