Tuesday, January 24, 2012

World Bird Wednesday: Superb Starling

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Superb Starlings (Lamprotornis superbus) are native to Eastern Africa. They are slightly smaller than Common Starlings, but just as bold and inquisitive. With their beautiful metallic plumage they are instantly recognisable.

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Listen to a group of superb starlings chattering and calling here. The birds are not very fastidious when it comes to habitat, they are found in forests, grassland, savannahs and will also comfortably live near humans. They are equally broadminded when it comes to food. Insects make up the main part of their diet, but they will also take berries and fruit, nectar, seeds and table scraps. Superb starlings will beg for food and forage for crumbs near humans.

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An almost adult juvenile, he still has white traces in the corner of his beak. Here's a photo of a younger chick with its parents.

Superb starlings are a very social species and are often found in huge flocks. During breeding season, a pair raises their chicks, but it's also possible that the female mates with several males and all work together to raise the chicks. This is called cooperative breeding.

More birds at World Bird Wednesday
Photos were taken at London Zoo, Wilhelma Stuttgart and Tierpark Berlin.

Sources and further reading:
Wikipedia
Internet Bird Collcetion
Oiseaux Birds
Birdlife

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