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Purple Starling

Lamprotornis purpureus


This is a stocky starling of over 20 cm in length. Not easy to differentiate from other Lamprotornis species (Greater and Lesser blue-eared glossy starlings) - overall blue or dark blue appearance with metallic purple head and body, and glossy green wings. They have a short tail and an easily noticed bright yellow eye. The sexes are similar; youngsters duller in colour.


This is another African species, found in a tropical equatorial belt south of Sahara and north of Equator; from Senegambia to Kenya (see range here http://maps.iucnredlist.org/map.html?id=...). Like other starlings, the Purple one favours open country and savanna, but is also often found around cultivated land and in associated towns and villages - like here, on cassava/chilli/maize fields in central Nigeria.

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Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Niger, Nigeria

Lat: 9.96, Long: 6.95

Spotted on Oct 4, 2018
Submitted on Oct 4, 2018

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