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 10 videos
Two birds perched together and flying away. Locality Imi, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 5 December 2005 7 years ago 30 sec 4.5
A bird in a tree. Locality Genale Valley, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 9 December 2005 6 years ago 16 sec 4.3
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 6 years ago 21 sec 4.1
A bird standing, looking around Locality Jurong Bird Park, Singapore (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 13 August 2007 4 years ago 33 sec 4
A bird perched on a trunk, turning around and flying off. Locality San Diego Zoo, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 19 June 2012 35 weeks ago 17 sec 3.5
Brief bath of an adult bird. Locality San Diego Zoo, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 19 June 2012 35 weeks ago 19 sec 3.3
PhotosSee all 12 photos
A back view of an adult perched low in a tree.
Locality Bogol Manyo, Genale Valley, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
David Beadle 27 January 2009 18 weeks ago 4
Adult bird perched on a branch.
Locality Vogelpark Walsrode, Walsrode, Lower Saxony, Germany (Monotypic species)
Tomasz Doroń 6 October 2009 3 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 1 year ago 3.9
A colourful bird in a gray landscape
Locality Tsavo East National Park, Kenya (Monotypic species)
Liam Hughes 3 June 2011 51 weeks ago 3.6
An adult bird.
Locality Tropen-Aquarium Hagenbeck, Tierpark Hagenbeck, Hamburg, Germany (Monotypic species)
Tomasz Doroń 4 June 2012 3 years ago 3.3
A perched bird, showing intense metallic iridescence on the head and back
Locality Tsavo West National Park, Kenya (Monotypic species)
Liam Hughes 1 June 2011 51 weeks ago 3.3
Perched and calling
Locality Kuala Lumpur Bird Park (Taman Burung Kuala Lumpur), Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur, Peninsular Malaysia
Joe Angseesing 25 March 2010 15 weeks ago 5
An adult giving calls Locality Zug Voliere, Zug Canton, Switzerland
Michael C 1 January 2008 3 years ago 3
Song or subsong of a male Locality London Zoo, London, England, Great Britain
Stuart Fisher 7 February 2010 3 years ago 2.5