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Golden-breasted Starling

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  • Tangara arthus
  • Tanagers, Buntings & Cardinals

About the Golden-breasted Starling

Also known as: Royal Starling, Regal Starling

The Golden-breasted Starling, also known as the Royal Starling or Regal Starling, is a medium-sized species of starling that lives in parts of eastern Africa, from Somalia to northern Tanzania. These pretty and colorful feathered friends are social birds that live in groups of three to twelve individuals.

The adult Golden-breasted Starling has a metallic green head, bright yellow belly and breast, dark bill and legs, white iris and metallic violet blue on the wings and neck. Male and female birds have a similar plumage.

Golden-breasted Starlings have a large natural range, and a conservation status of Least Concern as of July 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 26 July 2009
Scientific Name Cosmopsarus regius
  • Passeriformes
  • Sturnidae
  • Cosmopsarus
  • C. regius
Birdorable Family Starlings & Waxwings
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
11.8 to 14 inches
1.6 to 2.2 ounces
Range East Africa

International Names

  • Златогруд& (Brazilian)
  • 金胸丽椋鸟 (Chinese)
  • Leskoptev Zlatoprsá (Czech)
  • Kongeglansstær (Danish)
  • Koningsglansspreeuw (Dutch)
  • Paratiisikottarainen (Finnish)
  • Choucador Royal (French)
  • Königsglanzstar (German)
  • Storno Reale Africano (Italian)
  • キンムネオナガテリムク (Kimmunechoubiterimuku) (Japanese)
  • Kongeglansstær (Norwegian)
  • Blyszczak Królewski (Polish)
  • Златогрудый скворец (Russian)
  • Estornino Brillante Dorado (Spanish)
  • Guldbröstad glansstare (Swedish)

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