Abbott's starling

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Abbott's starling
Abbott's Starling (adult).jpg
Abbott's Starling (juvenile).jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sturnidae
Genus: Poeoptera
Species: P. femoralis
Binomial name
Poeoptera femoralis
(Richmond, 1897)

Pholia femoralis
Cinnyricinclus femoralis

Abbott's starling (Poeoptera femoralis) is a species of starling in the family Sturnidae. It is found in Kenya and Tanzania. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is threatened by habitat loss. This species, at 16 to 18 cm (6.3 to 7.1 in) long, is the smallest species of starling.[2]

The name of the species commemorates William Louis Abbott (1860-1936), American naturalist and collector, who studied the wildlife of the Indo-Malayan region.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Cinnyricinclus femoralis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Starlings & Mynas (Helm Identification Guide) by Chris Feare. A&C Black (1998). ISBN 978-0713639612.