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Glossy Starling

Glossy Starling
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Copyright: Quinten Venter (voyager1) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 45] (359)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax ist*DL, 70-300 Sigma
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/180 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-03 7:05
Viewed: 4065
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Purple Glossy Starling, Lamprotornis purpureus, is a member of the starling family of birds. It is a resident breeder in tropical Africa from Senegal and north Zaire east to Sudan and west Kenya.
Lamprotornis purpureus

This common passerine is typically found in open woodland and cultivation. The Purple Starling builds a nest in hole. The normal clutch is two eggs. This is a gregarious and noisy bird, with typical starling squeaks and chattering.

The adults of these stocky 22-23cm 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.

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

I photographed this little rascal at Afzaal in the Kruger National Park, but was warned by the owner of the shop not to use a flash as this blids birds...

these birds are a menace at some places within the park as they are omnivores and eat olmost anything...

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