Abbotts Starling (Poeoptera femoralis)

Abbotts Starling

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Sturnidae | [latin] Poeoptera femoralis | [UK] Abbotts Starling | [FR] etournea d’Abbott | [DE] Abbottstar | [ES] | [NL] Abbotts Spreeuw


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Grafisia femoralis
Poeoptera femoralis AF Kenya, Tanzania

Physical charateristics

Small starling of forest. Black head and breast. White underparts. Bright orange eye.

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 16 cm size max.: 18 cm
incubation min.: 0 days incubation max.: 0 days
fledging min.: 0 days fledging max.: 0 days
broods: 0   eggs min.: 0  
      eggs max.: 0  


Africa : Kenya, Tanzania. Cinnyricinclus femoralis is found in a few montane forest localities in Kenya and northern Tanzania. It is generally scarce and local in forest on Mt Kenya, but common in Kikuyu Escarpment Forest in the southern Aberdare Mountains (375 km2).


This little-known frugivore occurs in the canopy of highland forest, being present throughout the year in at least some locations (e.g. the Aberdares), albeit with seasonal fluctuations


Breeding recorded in February, March and October. The nest is placed in a tree hole and 3-5 eggs are laid. No data on incubation or fledging period

Feeding habits

Feeds on fruits and insects. Forages in small flocks, mainly in the canopy.


This species has a small range, within which it is generally rare. Its forest habitat is declining in both extent and quality, indicating that its presumably small population is probably declining too. It is therefore considered Vulnerable.
Abbotts Starling status Vulnerable


A resident species with some local movements.

Distribution map

Abbotts Starling distribution range map

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