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Golden-Breasted Starling Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Cosmopsarus regius
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    Northeastern Africa

  • Status

    Common. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Golden-Breasted Starling Species Survival Plan®, a shared management effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

  • Habitat

    Savannas and dry-thorn forests

  • Niche

    The golden-breasted starling's diet is composed almost entirely of insects. Adult birds catch insects in flight and dig up termite mounds to find prey.

  • Life History

    The golden-breasted starling lives in family groups of 3-12 individuals in the wild. Females lay their eggs in tree holes abandoned by woodpeckers, lining the nest with straw and leaves. Entire family groups cooperate in raising young by gathering food and nesting materials.


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