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Cape glossy starling (Lamprotornis nitens)

25 April 2016

 

 
 

Physical description

An adult Cape glossy starling is some 25 cm long, weighs 90 g and the sexes look alike. The upper wing coverts (feathers that cover the flight feathers) create two rows of dark spots because of having bluish tips, while there is a bronze-purple patch on the carpel (wrist) joint of the wing. The bill, legs and feet are black and the eyes are bright orange-yellow. The common name glossy starling refers to its glossy blue head and blue-green upper parts and is reflected in its scientific name because nitens is Latin for shining or bright.

Cape glossy starling size versus a human            Cape glossy starling´s claws

 

 
 

Area and habitat

www.leopard.tvOccurs in much of central and southern Africa, except for the winter-rainfall regions of the Western Cape. Such a common sight on wildlife areas that they are mostly almost ignored.

The habitat choice is wide but it prefers wooded savannas, riverine bushveld and forest edges in the wild. Cape glossy starlings form small flocks to feed and roost... (Become a subscriber for more)


Read the full article written by Prof J du P Bothma.

 

 

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