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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 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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Niger, Nigeria

Lat: 9.96, Long: 6.95

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

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