Golden-breasted Starling (Lamprotornis regius) - HBW 14, p. 747
French: Choucador royal
Spanish: Estornino Pechidorado
Other common names: Regal Starling
Taxonomy: Cosmopsarus regius Reichenow, 1879, Massa, Tana River, Kenya.
This species and L. unicolor sometimes placed in a separate genus, Cosmopsarus. Proposed race magnificus (described from Tsavo, in S Kenya) appears inseparable from birds in rest of species' range. Monotypic.
Distribution: S & E Ethiopia, Somalia, E Kenya and NE Tanzania.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 12 videos
Two birds perched together and flying away. Locality Imi, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 5 December 2005 8 years ago 30 sec 4.6
front view perched on acacia, calling quietly, flies away (with two others) calling Locality Melka Guba, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Martin Kennewell 1 November 2010 20 weeks ago 18 sec 4.3
A bird in a tree. Locality Genale Valley, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 9 December 2005 8 years ago 16 sec 4.3
A bird standing, looking around Locality Jurong Bird Park, Singapore (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 13 August 2007 6 years ago 33 sec 4.3
front view, preening Locality Melka Guba, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Martin Kennewell 1 November 2010 20 weeks ago 34 sec 4.2
A bird preening and shaking its plumage Locality Central Park Zoo, Central Park, New York City, New York, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 1 July 2005 7 years ago 21 sec 4.1
PhotosSee all 15 photos
Locality Negele Boran, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Nik Borrow 18 October 2006 35 weeks ago 4.5
Golden-breasted Starling (Lamprotornis regius)
Locality Dawa River, SNNPR Region, Ethiopia
Jacques Erard 15 October 2009 49 weeks ago 4.3
A back view of an adult perched low in a tree.
Locality Bogol Manyo, Genale Valley, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
David Beadle 27 January 2009 1 year ago 4
Adult bird perched on a branch.
Locality Vogelpark Walsrode, Walsrode, Lower Saxony, Germany (Monotypic species)
Tomasz Doroń 6 October 2009 4 years ago 4
Adult perching in dry forest; ca. 45 road km south of Dola-Mena.
Locality Dola Mena, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Hector Ceballos-Lascurain 16 July 2009 2 years ago 3.9
An adult bird
Locality Chester Zoo, Cheshire, England, Great Britain (Monotypic species)
Andy Emmerson 15 September 2013 1 year ago 3.7
Perched and calling
Locality Kuala Lumpur Bird Park (Taman Burung Kuala Lumpur), Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur, Peninsular Malaysia
Joe Angseesing 25 March 2010 1 year ago 5
An adult giving calls Locality Zug Voliere, Zug Canton, Switzerland
Michael C 1 January 2008 4 years ago 3
Song or subsong of a male Locality London Zoo, London, England, Great Britain
Stuart Fisher 7 February 2010 4 years ago 2.5