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Alternative name: Purple Glossy Starling

Lamprotornis purpureus
Photo by Steve G
Kairaba Hotel, Kololi, The Gambia, March 2005

Identification

27cm. A large glossy starling with a short tail and a rather large bill.
Difficult to separate in field from other Glossy Starlings

  • Metallic purple head and body
  • Glossy green wings
  • Short tail
  • Yellow eye
  • Black bill and legs

Sexes are similar. Juveniles are much duller, with grey underparts and a brown iris.

Distribution

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.
Common to abundant in its range.

Taxonomy

Clements accepts two subspecies[1]:

  • L. p. purpureus
  • L. p. amethystinus

Other authorities treat this species as monotypic.[2]

Habitat

Savannah woodlands, especially with fruiting figs. Open woodland and cultivation. Occurs up to 1500m.

Behaviour

This is a gregarious and noisy bird, with typical starling squeaks and chattering.

Diet

The diet includes fruit and insects.
Forages in trees, bushes and on the ground.

Breeding

Breeding season from February to May. The nest is placed in a tree hole. Lays 2 - 3 eggs.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507
  3. Avibase
  4. Animal Pictures Archive
  5. BF Member observations

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