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Superb Starling

Lamprotornis superbus

Description:

This species is 18 to 19 cm (7.1 to 7.5 in) long. Adults have black heads and iridescent blue-to-green back, upper breast, wings, and tail. The belly is red-orange, separated from the blue breast by a white bar. The undertail coverts and the wing linings are white. Juveniles have duller plumage with no more than a suggestion of the white breast band. Their irises are brown, later grayish white, eventually the adult's cream-color. The Superb Starling has a long and loud song consisting of trills and chatters. At midday it gives a softer song of repeated phrases. There are several harsh calls, the most complex of which is described as "a shrill, screeching skerrrreeee-cherrrroo-tcherreeeeeet." - Wikipedia

Notes:

Starlings frequent our front yard especially when the lawn is freshly-mowed.

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11 Comments

staccyh
staccyh 8 years ago

Great photos!

DinDjarin
DinDjarin 9 years ago

WOW!-------

Jinki Afrika
Jinki Afrika 9 years ago

Thanks :) There's always plenty of them in our front yard in the morning and late afternoon. Would take another photo of them that is not as overexposed as these ones.

C.Sydes
C.Sydes 9 years ago

so colourful; great action series

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 9 years ago

Nicely captured!

looks like the offspring of a pigeon and a kingfisher!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

What a gathering!

Jinki Afrika
Jinki Afrika 9 years ago

Thanks Ava, Ryan, and Maggie :) I think the photos are over-exposed coz I just ran inside the house to grab my camera and wasn't able to adjust the setting. I'll try to take better ones next time.

MaggieNoel
MaggieNoel 9 years ago

Those are beautiful!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Great series.

Ryan21
Ryan21 9 years ago

great spotting!
lovely birds!!

Jinki Afrika
Spotted by
Jinki Afrika

Arusha Region, Tanzania

Spotted on Jun 25, 2012
Submitted on Jun 25, 2012

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