superb starling

Lamprotornis superbus

Common name

superb starling

Habitat

It lives in savanna environments, in prairie areas, and also in agricultural, urban and suburban areas.
Features

Family

Sturnidae

Medals

Passeriformes

Class

Birds

Gestation

12 days

Number of offspring

3–4

Preproduction

Diet

They feed on termites, grasshoppers and other insects that they find on the ground, as well as small berries that they collect.

Life

17 years

Biology and behavior

Starling with bright and striking colors, with metallic blue tones on the wings and upper part of the body, they have a darker head and an orange belly with a characteristic white stripe like a collar. Unlike the royal starling, its tail is short.

Like other starlings, the superb starling has a curious cooperative breeding system in which the parents are helped by the rest of the group in feeding the young. Their nests usually hang from the branches of acacia trees, although they also stay in holes in the trunk or even rock walls.

They choose acacias for the protection their thorns offer. If these are not enough or do not exist, they place them themselves after taking them from other trees, at the entrance to the nest as a sharp barrier.

The male and female share the responsibility of building the nest, incubating the eggs, and feeding the chicks.

They are noisy birds that have a wide variety of calls. In the Amboseli National Park (Kenya) it has been observed that vervet monkeys recognize the warning call issued by starlings at the sight of a predator.

Some
curiosities

It is a strident bird that produces a wide range of trills and can imitate the songs of other species.

African savanna
Wetlands
africans
Habitats
Equatorial jungle
Madagascar Island