Purple starling

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Purple starling
Lamprotornis purpureus -Kasteelpark -Netherlands-8a.jpg
At Kasteelpark, Netherlands
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sturnidae
Genus: Lamprotornis
Species: L. purpureus
Binomial name
Lamprotornis purpureus
(Statius Muller, 1776)

The purple starling (Lamprotornis purpureus), also known as the purple glossy starling, is a member of the starling family of birds.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is a resident breeder in tropical Africa from Senegal and north Zaire east to Sudan and west Kenya. This common passerine is typically found in open woodland and cultivation.

Description[edit]

The adults of these stocky 22–23 cm long birds have a metallic purple head and body, and glossy green wings. They have a short tail and a yellow eye. The sexes are similar, but juveniles are much duller, with grey underparts and a brown iris.

Behaviour[edit]

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

Breeding[edit]

The purple starling builds a nest in a hole. The normal clutch is two eggs.

Feeding[edit]

Like most starlings, the purple starling is omnivorous, eating fruit and insects.

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