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Cape Glossy Starling

Lamprotornis nitens


I dont really know why I deserved that look.... But this is a very suspicious example of a Glossy Starling. Medium sized bird with metallic blue colour. The adult bird has orange/yellow eyes with a black pupil, and the juveniles eyes are more grey with a black pupil. (Juveniles can easily be mistaken for being a Burchells starling)


Spotted at open savanna/grassland close to Malelane gate in Kruger National Park. Dry season.


Occurs from Angola and Zambia to southern Africa, where it is locally common across much of the region, excluding central Mozambique, the Karoo, Namib Desert and the fynbos biome in the Western Cape. It can occupy a variety of different habitats, especially wooded savanna, forest edges, riverine bush, plantations, parks and gardens. The Cape glossy starling eats insects, fruit, nectar and scraps of human food, doing most of its foraging on the ground, running and hopping in search of food items. It often associates with antelope, removing ectoparasites from them as well as catching the insects they disturb. A fun fact about Starlings: Starlings can imitate a variety of avian species and have a repertoire of about 15-20 distinct imitations. They also imitate a few sounds other than those of wild birds. The calls of abundant species, calls that are simple in frequency structure and calls that show little amplitude modulation are preferentially imitated. There are local dialects of mimicked sounds. Starlings have also been known to imitate objects, such as phone boxes and cars. (wikipedia)

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Tiz 7 years ago

Thank you for the comments injica, Mac and madalena... Now I know that wild birds has a personality too! This one was born angry :P

mendes.madalena 7 years ago

he looks angry!

MacChristiansen 7 years ago

Nice series Tiz

injica 7 years ago

ha ha ha funny face ;D

Tiz 7 years ago

Thank you Cris and zjae18 for your nice comments :)

zjae18 7 years ago

Wow, love these pictures! Those colors.. And of course, that look, haha :)

Cris 7 years ago

What bird more beautiful! What a gorgeous blue!
Only God to make things so beautiful!
Very beautiful photos you took, Tiz

Tiz 7 years ago

And thank you for commenting andrewasmith1 and Adarsha :))

Tiz 7 years ago

Faredin, If the Police in this country could have this look, they would be far more efficient! I sould even admit things I did not do! Jopy, if I ever find a feather, I will keep it for you (to honor your blue period in life, hehe)... Sckel, I was laughing for a long time when I read your comment, as a matter of fact, I am still laughing :D

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Its the same look as noisy miner by Mark! I guess both share same gene :P

andrewasmith1 7 years ago

Great Picture

Sckel 7 years ago

It's the same look I do when someone asks to use my computer. Very, very beautiful contrast of orange eyes with bright blue feathers. Wonderful, Tiz.

Jopy 7 years ago

beautiful, how nice and gentle glance :)

FaredinAliyevski 7 years ago

Oh no that's a look, some bird nightmares tonight :). Perfectly captured!

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Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality, Limpopo, South Africa

Spotted on Jul 21, 2013
Submitted on Jul 26, 2013

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