Violet-backed starling

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Violet-backed starling
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male above, female below
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sturnidae
Genus: Cinnyricinclus
Species: C. leucogaster
Binomial name
Cinnyricinclus leucogaster
(Boddaert, 1783)

The violet-backed starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster), also known as the plum-coloured starling or amethyst starling, is a relatively small species of starling in the Sturnidae family. This strongly sexually dimorphic species is found widely in the woodlands and savannah forest edges of mainland sub-Saharan Africa. It is rarely seen on the ground.

Breeding[edit]

C. leucogaster is a sexually dimorphic species in which the males possess an iridescent violet back whilst the females are brown. During breeding the female will incubate 2-4 eggs (these are pale blue with reddish/brown spots) for 12-14 days. The male will help feed chicks until they fledge after about 21 days

A male violet-backed starling

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A male violet-backed starling