|At Bird Kingdom, Niagara Falls, Canada|
The adult has a metallic green head and upperback, bright golden yellow breast and belly, dark bill and legs, white iris and metallic violet blue on wings, back, neck and its long tail feathers. Both sexes are similar. The young is duller than adult.
Distribution and habitat
The golden-breasted starling is a social animal, living in groups of three to twelve individuals.
The golden-breasted starling molts once a year, after the breeding season. The female usually lays between three to five pale green eggs with red speckles. It nests in tree holes. The nest is made from leaves, roots and other vegetation matters. Entire family groups cooperate in raising young by gathering food and nesting materials.
Status and conservation
Widespread throughout its habitat range, the Golden-breasted Starling is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
- BirdLife International (2004). Cosmopsarus regius. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 12 February 2007. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
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