Wattled Starling ( Creatophora cinerea, family: Sturnidae)

Wattled Starling Kruger ParkThe Wattled Starling (Latin name Creatophora cinerea) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 760 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 970 also a picture of the Wattled Starling on page 976. The Wattled Starling belongs to the family of birds classified as Sturnidae. Click the image to see an interesting picture of a large flock of Wattled starlings seen close to Mopani camp on Tropic of Capricorn Loop.

In the previous edition of Roberts (ie 6th edition) the Wattled Starling was called the

The map of the Kruger you see on this page shows the areas (coloured orange) where this bird has been identified. The basic information was provided by the Avian Demographic Unit based at UCT and I created the maps from that information ... the green dots show the locations of the various Kruger National Park Rest Camps

The Wattled Starling is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park. It is however a common resident

In terms of distribution of the Wattled Starling in the Kruger National Park you may not see it in all areas. Wattled Starling : see above distribution map.

Identification assistance for this avian species ...

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The Wattled Starling is a smallish bird but somewhat larger than a house sparrow. The height of the Wattled Starling is about 22 cms and its weight is about 70 gms

You will find that the male Wattled Starling plumage and colours are different to that of the female Wattled Starling

  • Head is black.
  • Eye is brown.
  • Bill is grey.
  • Throat is yellow.
  • Back is yellow.
  • Legs are yellow.

This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

Main diet items for this bird ...

The Wattled Starling feeds on the ground mainly




Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...

The Wattled Starling is monogamous unless its mate dies. In the event of a partner dying Creatophora cinerea will seek out a new mate

The nesting habit of Wattled Starling is to create the nest on the ground. The bird lays eggs which are yellow in colour and number between 2 to 4

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird ...

The preferred habitats for Wattled Starling are: woodlands and grasslands . The Wattled Starling is also at home in wetland and bushveld areas.

You will normally see the Wattled Starling in flocks.

Names of this avian species in other languages ...

Xhosa ... Unowambu/Uwambu

Zulu ... iMpofazana

Afrikaans ...Lelspreeu

German ... Lappenstar

Portuguese ... Estorninho-carunculado

French ... tourneau caroncul

Dutch ... Lelspreeuw

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For in-depth birding information please refer to these authoritative avian references ...

Robert's 7th edition number ... 760

The main reference source for this data was "Roberts - Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition" . Other references were "Newmans Birds of the Kruger Park" by Keith Newman published circa 1980 . Names in foreign languages were obtained from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town website , www.fitzpatrick.uct.ac.za