LC
White-crowned Starling Lamprotornis albicapillus



Taxonomy

Taxonomic note
Lamprotornis albicapillus (del Hoyo and Collar 2016) was previously listed as Spreo albicapillus.

Taxonomic source(s)
del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A., Fishpool, L.D.C., Boesman, P. and Kirwan, G.M. 2016. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 2: Passerines. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.
Dowsett, R. J.; Forbes-Watson, A. D. 1993. Checklist of birds of the Afrotropical and Malagasy regions. Tauraco Press, Li
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

IUCN Red List criteria met and history
Red List criteria met
Critically Endangered Endangered Vulnerable
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Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2016 Least Concern
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern
Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency does not normally occur in forest
Land-mass type Average mass -
Range

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence (breeding/resident) 1,060,000 km2 medium
Severely fragmented? no -
Population
Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
Population size unknown - - -
Population trend stable - suspected -
Generation length 4.1 years - - -

Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as common, although very localised (Feare and Craig 1998).

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.


Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Presence Origin Resident Breeding visitor Non-breeding visitor Passage migrant
Djibouti extant native yes
Ethiopia extant native yes
Kenya extant native yes
Somalia extant native yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Ethiopia Awash National Park
Ethiopia Omo National Park
Ethiopia Lower Wabi Shebelle river and Warder
Ethiopia Mankubsa - Welenso forest
Ethiopia Liben plains and Negele woodlands
Ethiopia Yabello Sanctuary
Ethiopia Arero forest
Ethiopia Bogol Manyo - Dolo
Kenya Dida Galgalu desert
Somalia Daalo
Somalia Saylac
Somalia Gacan Libaax
Somalia Boorama plains
Somalia Ceel Hammure
Somalia Buulobarde
Somalia Laag Dheere

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable Land suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Rural Gardens suitable resident
Savanna Dry major resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major resident
Altitude   Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Lamprotornis albicapillus. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/white-crowned-starling-lamprotornis-albicapillus on 05/03/2024.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2024) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org on 05/03/2024.