Golden-Breasted Starling

(Cosmopsarus regius)

Bird | Africa

Golden-breasted starling bird

Animal Info

Seneca Park Zoo is home to one golden-breasted starling. It resides in the aviary inside the Animals of the Savanna building.

Status in the Wild

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least Concern. Although their population trend is stable, they are facing a threat from overcollection for the pet trade.


Golden-breasted starlings are found throughout eastern Africa, including Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. They prefer arid or semi-arid climates, and are usually found in savannas and shrublands.


Though primarily insectivores, golden-breasted starlings may also eat snails, spiders, seeds and fruit.

Did you know?

The golden-breasted starling is regarded as the most beautiful bird in the world, spurring large-scale capturing for the pet trade.

Their tail makes up about 60% of the bird’s length.

Golden-breasted starlings are cooperative breeders, which means all group members assist with building nests and feeding young.

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