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Purple Glossy Starling
Alternative name: Purple Starling
27cm. A large glossy starling with a short tail and a rather large bill.
Sexes are similar. Juveniles are much duller, with grey underparts and a brown iris.
From Senegal and Gambia east to Guinea-Bissau, southern Mali and northern Guinea east in the savanna belt to southern Chad, northern Central African Republic, southern Sudan, Uganda and western Kenya.
Clements accepts two subspecies:
Other authorities treat this species as monotypic.
Savannah woodlands, especially with fruiting figs. Open woodland and cultivation. Occurs up to 1500m.
This is a gregarious and noisy bird, with typical starling squeaks and chattering.
The diet includes fruit and insects.
Breeding season from February to May. The nest is placed in a tree hole. Lays 2 - 3 eggs.
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