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Violet-backed Starling (female)

Cinnyricinclus leucogaster

Description:

small bird with streaked reddish head, grey-brown streaked wings and white underside.

Notes:

I am wondering about this being a female or immature of a similar sized bird that was flitting about at the same time in the same tree. The other bird was brilliant crimson above and white below

1 Species ID Suggestions

AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago
Violet-backed Starling (female)
Cinnyricinclus leucogaster Violet-backed Starling


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5 Comments

KateBraun
KateBraun 7 years ago

Violet-backed starling female or juvenile:

http://www.sntc.org.sz/birds/photo.asp?p...

The speckles on the front/belly are very noticeable, unfortunately not visible in your photo, but the ID does look right.

AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago

I end up finding several IDs through photos as well! As long as it isn't one of the Thrushes I should be able to help some!

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 7 years ago

It was only while looking at my photos that I made the connection between the two. One more reason that bird watching to me includes taking as many photos as I can, even if they aren't clear. There have been many times I either corrected what I thought I saw, or at least got better information from my photo than my brain - and that's saying something because I have a fairly good memory for visual details!

This particular tree gave me about a dozen spottings. Tomorrow I'll have a bird and it's chick begging for a worm. I think it's a flycatcher. Too tired tonight to keep posting though.

AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago

I only figured this one out because you described the male it was with, which I knew what that one was. I only got to see two males for about 5 seconds, nice you got better looks than I did!

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 7 years ago

Cool! As small as this bird was, I wouldn't have pegged it as a starling!

KarenSaxton
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KarenSaxton

Mbombela Local Municipality, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Spotted on Dec 21, 2013
Submitted on Feb 23, 2014

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