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 15 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 15 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 30 weeks ago 4.5
Golden-breasted Starling (Lamprotornis regius)
Locality Dawa River, SNNPR Region, Ethiopia
Jacques Erard 15 October 2009 44 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 48 weeks 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