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Purple Glossy Starling

Purple Glossy Starling
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-01-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-08-22 4:21
Viewed: 2961
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The first time I photographed this bird in the wild.

The Purple Starling (Lamprotornis purpureus), also known as the Purple Glossy Starling, is a member of the starling family of birds.

Distribution and habitat
It is a resident breeder in tropical Africa from Senegal and north Zaire east to Sudan and west Kenya. This common passerine is typically found in open woodland and cultivation.

The adults of these stocky 22–23 cm long birds have a metallic purple head and body, and glossy green wings. They have a short tail and a yellow eye. The sexes are similar, but juveniles are much duller, with grey underparts and a brown iris.

This is a gregarious and noisy bird, with typical starling squeaks and chattering.

The Purple Starling builds a nest in a hole. The normal clutch is two eggs.

Like most starlings, the Purple Starling is omnivorous, eating fruit and insects.

Source: Wikipedia

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Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, fantastic matallic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
Excellent picture of this Purple Starling. I haven't able to find this species yet. Very good color and sharpness. Stunning BG too.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Peter,
Indeed this photo deserve to be a favorite to any photographer....
Outstanding quality!

Peter, I guess this is the first appearance of this Starling here on TN.
At least for me, it is a novel experience. Tripod does make a difference sometimes; this is a perfect example of it.
The image is flawless and beautiful.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-08-22 19:49]

Hello Peter,
What a beautiful bird you have photographed for us, the markings are simply gorgeous. The contrasting colors and that large yellow eye immediately captures your attention. It has a very unique shape to it's head, especially the forehead area which is a bit irregular almost curvy looking. Wonderful clean BG and tac sharp focus. Congratulations on such an impressive photo!!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2016-08-23 0:21]

Shalom peter,

Lovely first. Great capture. It posed well for you, and you did the rest expertly.

All the best,


Hi Peter,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details of the Purple Glossy Starling. The good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice dya.


Hello Peter,
Kind of difficult to miss his eyes, whohoo they are so big, amazing click my friend, great sharpness, colors are so beautiful, very well done.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2016-08-25 6:23]

Hola Peter, hermosa foto de esta exótica ave con esos colores metálicos y ese ojo fabuloso, lindo posadero, composición, fondo y manejo de la luz...saludos.

prachtige kleuren heeft deze vogel Peter
goed van scherpte en mooie achtergrond
steekt er helemaal uit
gr lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-08-27 15:54]

Hi Peter,i have a starling me too in my Gambia memories,but isn't that...ehehe..this seems too rare and your pic is very perfect,a useful post with very bright metallic colors,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-08-27 19:13]

Strange bird, Peter, of rare colors. Unknown to me.
Well done.


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