|Copyright: Quinten Venter (voyager1)
|Date Taken: 2007-01-28|
|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|
|[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.|
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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