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Superb Starling

Superb Starling
Photo Information
Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Florida
Date Submitted: 2007-10-28 23:55
Viewed: 3839
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks to Andrea Piazza (elefantino) for the help with the I.D.

Superb Starling
Spreo superbus

Northeast Africa: Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania and the Sudan.

Woodland, thorny bush and acacia country as well as in close proximity to human habitation, even within cities.

The superb starling is a small but distinctive bird with metallic greens and blues on its chest, back and wings and duller black on top of its head. The chestnut belly is divided from the dark chest by a stripe of white. There is white also under the wing and under the tail base. Eyes are pale yellow. Immature birds are duller black without the breast band and have dark eyes. Sexes are alike.

The superb starling is gregarious and feeds in groups on the ground, often near towns and fields or near animal herds. Its song is a varied whistling and warbling, its alarm is loud and whining. It often mimics other species.

Courtship behavior involves small jumps on the ground, trailing wings, neck outstretched. Breeding season varies within range. Usually four green/blue eggs are laid in a nest of grass and twigs lined with feathers low in a thorny bush or tree or in a cliff hollow.

Male and female share responsibility for nest building, incubation, and feeding of young.

Interesting Facts:
The starling family of 103 species includes mynah birds and oxpeckers. Starlings are all old world natives, mostly from Asia and Africa (except for the common starling, native to Europe, and one species in Australia). The common starling has been introduced to the new world.


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-10-29 0:30]

Hello Manyee,
great shot, very nice colors and sharpness

Hello, it's not a sunbird, it'a SUPERB STARLING (an african specie).

Good pose and nice shot overall.

Hello Manyee,
This is a good shot with perfect sharpness, vivid colour and so much details
the exposure and focus is spot on!
very well done and well seen

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-29 1:56]

Hello Manyee,
Beautiful photo of this Starling. Wonderful colours and superb sharpness. Very nice pose; good composition.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-29 2:26]

Hello Manyee,
This one is really showing off its beautiful shiny plumage! Excellent capture, very sharp and the colours are lovely. I like its pose and that amazing white eye. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla


Lovely photograph with nice details and colours. TFS.

Hello Manyee,
Thought about some Starling species; of course I don't know its size.
Well done

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-29 6:22]

Hello Manyee
Nicve capture.Good POV and sharpness.Colors are lovely.
TFS Michel

Hi Manyee,
These Starlings are superb and so is your image.
Great color/details and good POV/pose.
Well done

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-29 9:02]

Haaa ! Wonderful image of that beautiful bird ! Great sharpness and good exposure. Good pose too ! Thanks,


Hi Manyee
Great capture of this beautiful bird. Wonderful colors and superb sharpness. Lots of detail and I like the pose.

Hi Manyee,
What a wonderful collorful bird
I like it so much

Gran iluminación y colorido bien captado. Correcto encuadre y excelente el poder verse parte de su hábitat.
Saludos Manyee

It really is superb! Good colors and detail and wonderful clarity! Really well done! Cheers, Klaus

Hi manyee, the bird you have captured is not belong to a Sunbird but starling. It called Superb Starling. Nice catch!


Some birds get better names than others. I wouldn't mind being named "Superb"! I love the shiny feathers and the iridescence on the wing. Nice sharpness and details.

Evelynn : )

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-11-14 12:44]

Hello Manyee,
WOW what a beautiful picture and nice pose of this bird!
Excellent details, fantastic colourful bird!
DOF and BG are perfect.
TFS and best regards Manyee,


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