Violet-backed Starling

[Cinnyricinclus leucogaster]

The male violet backed starling is beautiful with a head, neck, back and tail of brilliant purple. The underside is white. The female, however, is drab; the purple of the male is replaced by olive green feathers and the white underside is flecked with green dashes.

Location: African Elephant Crossing - Seasonal

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Range

The range of the violet backed starling is Senegal, Somalia, Namibia, and Botswana.


Habitat

The violet back starling inhabits open arid riverine woodland up to 2500 meters high.


Gestation

Incubation: 12-14 days


Litter

Clutch size: 2-4 eggs


Behavior

Violet backed starlings are very common and tend to be migratory depending on the season, sometimes in large flocks.


Reproduction

Reproduction varies depending on location, but breeding is usually in spring. Violet backed starling nests are in tree or fence holes only 2 to 6 meters above ground. The breeding pair both feed the young.


Wild Diet

Mainly fruits and insects on occasion


Zoo Diet

Fruit


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