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Sharp-tailed Starling | Lamprotornis acuticaudus

The Sharp-tailed Starling is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Sturnidae bird family group which includes birds such as Starlings, Mynans, Oxpeckers.

The description for the Sharp-tailed Starling (Latin name Lamprotornis acuticaudus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Lamprotornis acuticaudus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 767 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 965. You will find a picture of the Sharp-tailed Starling on page 976.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

Neither the Latin nor the Engish name for this bird has been affected by recent nomenclature modifications ? these changes have been incorporated into Robert's 7th Edition where appropriate.

The Sharp-tailed Starling has a height of 20 cms and weighs around 70 gms. The head is coloured blue, green while the bill is coloured black. The Lamprotornis acuticaudus has a blue, green coloured throat, black legs and a blue, green coloured back. The eyes are yellow.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is blue, green

Eyes are yellow

Bill is black

Legs are black

Throat is blue, green

Back is blue, green

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

The Lamprotornis acuticaudus forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The bird builds its nest within a tree cavity just a few meters above the ground. The hole in the tree is normally reused in the next nesting season.

The Sharp-tailed Starling is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

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