|At Bird Kingdom, Niagara Falls, Canada|
The adult has a metallic green head and upper back, 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 are duller than the 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 and five pale green eggs with red speckles. It nests in tree holes. The nest is made from leaves, roots and other vegetation. Entire family groups cooperate in raising young by gathering food and nesting materials.
Status and conservation
- BirdLife International (2004). "Cosmopsarus regius". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2006. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 12 February 2007. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
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