Lamprotornis acuticaudus (Sharp-tailed starling) 

Spitsstertglansspreeu [Afrikaans]; Pijlstaart-glansspreeuw [Dutch]; Choucador queue fine [French]; Keilschwanz-glanzstar [German]; Estorninho-de-cauda-acuminada [Portuguese]

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Deuterostomia > Chordata > Craniata > Vertebrata (vertebrates)  > Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates) > Teleostomi (teleost fish) > Osteichthyes (bony fish) > Class: Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fish) > Stegocephalia (terrestrial vertebrates) > Tetrapoda (four-legged vertebrates) > Reptiliomorpha > Amniota > Reptilia (reptiles) > Romeriida > Diapsida > Archosauromorpha > Archosauria > Dinosauria (dinosaurs) > Saurischia > Theropoda (bipedal predatory dinosaurs) > Coelurosauria > Maniraptora > Aves (birds) > Order: Passeriformes > Family: Sturnidae > Genus: Lamprotornis

Distribution and habitat

Occurs from south-western Tanzania through southern DRC to Zambia and Angola, extending into southern Africa. Here it is localised and uncommon in north-eastern Namibia and adjacent north-western Botswana, generally preferring open woodland, especially miombo (Brachystegia) and Mopane (Colosphermum mopane). 

Distribution of Sharp-tailed starling in southern Africa, based on statistical smoothing of the records from first SA Bird Atlas Project ( Animal Demography unit, University of Cape Town; smoothing by Birgit Erni and Francesca Little). Colours range from dark blue (most common) through to yellow (least common).


It forages on the ground, feeding on insects and fruit, such as Diospyros lycoides (Bluebush star-apple) and Diospyros kirkii (Large-leaved jackal berry).


  • The nest is a platform built of hair, grass and feathers, typically placed in a tree cavity.
  • Egg-laying season is from August-October in Angola, so southern Africa's laying dates are probably similar.


Status uncertain.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 


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