Purple starling

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Purple starling
Lamprotornis purpureus -Kasteelpark -Netherlands-8a.jpg
At Kasteelpark, Netherlands
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.


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.


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


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


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