Violet-backed starling

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Violet-backed starling
Violet-backed starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster verreauxi) male.jpg
Violet-backed starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster verreauxi) female.jpg
both C. l. verreauxi
Damaraland, Namibia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sturnidae
Genus: Cinnyricinclus
Lesson, 1840
Species: C. leucogaster
Binomial name
Cinnyricinclus leucogaster
(Boddaert, 1783)

The violet-backed starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster), also known as the plum-colored starling or amethyst starling, is a relatively small species of starling in the family Sturnidae. 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, but instead commonly found in trees and other sources away from the ground.


The violet-backed starling is a sexually dimorphic species in which the males possess an iridescent violet back while 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.


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