Bristle-crowned Starling is an elegant looking bird appearing mostly in dry bush land habitat of Samburu, Marsabit and Lake Baringo. It is mostly found in cliffs, gouges and near water.
It is a very large starling with a very long graduating tail and a black forehead with a small cushion bristle forehead feathers. Its overall appprearences is black with reddish-brown primaries. Females have a short-tail and some grayish feathers around the eye and on ear-coverts.Juveniles are duller with only a faint gloss.