Golden-breasted Starling

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 26 July 2009
Scientific Name
Cosmopsarus regius
  • Passeriformes
  • Sturnidae
  • Cosmopsarus
  • C. regius
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
11.8 to 14 inches
1.6 to 2.2 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Златогруд&
Chinese (汉语) 金胸丽椋鸟
Czech (Cesky) Leskoptev Zlatoprsá
Danish (Dansk) Kongeglansstær
Dutch (Nederlands) Koningsglansspreeuw
Finnish (Suomi) Paratiisikottarainen
French (Français) Choucador Royal
German (Deutsch) Königsglanzstar
Italian (Italiano) Storno Reale Africano
Japanese (日本語) キンムネオナガテリムク (Kimmunechoubiterimuku)
Norwegian (Norsk) Kongeglansstær
Polish (Polski) Blyszczak Królewski
Russian (русский язык) Златогрудый скворец
Spanish (Español) Estornino Brillante Dorado
Swedish (Svenska) Guldbröstad glansstare
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