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Birds

Birds

Superb starling


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Lamprotornis superbus
PROFILE:

The superb starling is a small but dynamic bird with metallic blues and greens on its chest, back, and wings, while their heads tend to maintain a black sheen. Their bellies are chestnut brown. These birds tend to feed in groups on grounds near villages or herds of other animals. The song of the superb starling is a variety of whistles and warbles, but when alarmed turns into a high-pitched whining sound. Male and females tend to share the responsibilities of building a nest, feeding their young and incubating the eggs.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Bird
NATIVE TO:
Northeast Africa: Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, and the Sudan
CONSERVATION STATUS:
Currently stable
DIET:
Fruits, berries and insects
LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Up to 15 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Generally monogamous pairs of birds that usually nest with groups of six pairs of other superb starlings; Have been known to utilize "helper" individuals for rearing (generally chicks from previous clutches) and adults have been known to copulate outside of their pair/group
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