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Alternative name: Purple-headed Glossy Starling; Velvet-headed Glossy Starling
18cm. A small, short-tailed and dark starling.
Sexes similar, juveniles are matt charcoal-grey with some gloss on the wings.
Found in Africa from southern Nigeria east to southern Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, western and northern DRC, Uganda and western Kenya. Also south to northern Angola (Cabinda).
Evergreen lowland forest. Occurs up to 1500m, up to 1800 in eastern parts of range.
Usually seen in pairs or small flocks. Sometimes in bigger groups of up to 100 birds.
Feeds mainly on fruits, takes also some animal food.
Breeding season differs through range. A monogamous species. The nest is placed in a tree hole up to 26m above the ground. One reported nest contained 3 eggs.
Presumably a resident species with some local movements related to fruit availability.
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