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Burchells Starling

Lamprotornis australis


Length 30 cm, mass 112-128 g. Glossy blue-green plumage, bronze ear-coverts and carpal patch, purple rump, violet tail with blackish bars, dark brown eyes and black bill and legs. Sexes similar. Juveniles have matt black underparts and dull green sheen on upperparts.


Savanna and open woodland, Kruger National Park, South Africa.


A common resident that occurs singly, in small groups, or in flocks, sometimes with other glossy starlings. Feeds largely on the ground, mainly for insects; also eats small vertebrates, fruit and flowers. A monogamous species. Usually nests in a hole in a tree; often an old woodpecker or barbet nest. Two to four eggs are laid October to April. Parasitised by Great Spotted Cuckoo and Greater Honeyguide. Similar species; Meves's Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis mevesii)

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Tiz 9 years ago

Thank you Reza and Christos for noticing this capture :)
// Tina

Jewel !

ChristosMaroulis 9 years ago


Tiz 9 years ago

Thank you Ashutosh :)

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 9 years ago

Beautiful starling.....

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 9 years ago

Thank you! :) Summer here is wonderful, so I really do enjoy it! :)
And I'm wishing you a wonderful summer, too! :))

Tiz 9 years ago

Thank you Sintija! I hope you enjoy the summer in Latvia :)

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 9 years ago

Wonderful colour! :))) Great spotting!

Tiz 9 years ago

Thank you very much Venus :)

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 10 years ago

fabulous spotting tiz!

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Nkomazi Local Municipality, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Spotted on Apr 26, 2014
Submitted on May 25, 2014

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