Violet-backed Starling (Plumcoloured Starling) | Cinnyricinclus leucogaster

Robert's Birding Information: Violet Backed (Plum Coloured) Starling

The Violet-backed Starling is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Sturnidae bird family group which includes birds such as Starlings, Mynans, Oxpeckers.Female & Male Violetbacked Starlings (Plumcoloured Starlings)

The description for the Violet-backed Starling (Latin name Cinnyricinclus leucogaster) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Cinnyricinclus leucogaster can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 761 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 968. You will find a picture of the Violet-backed Starling on page 976.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.Female Violet Backed (Plum Coloured) Starling

This bird is known as Plum-coloured Starling in the Roberts 6th Edition.

The Violet-backed Starling is known in Afrikaans as Witborsspreeu.

The Violet-backed Starling has a height of 18 cms and weighs around 45 gms. The head is coloured purple while the bill is coloured black. The Cinnyricinclus leucogaster has a purple coloured throat, black legs and a purple coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Cinnyricinclus leucogaster has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is purple.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are black.

Throat is purple.

Back is purple.

Violet Backed (Plum Coloured) Starling Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

The Cinnyricinclus leucogaster attacks its prey aerially and feeds on wing or takes the prey to a secluded venue where it is killed, torn into small pieces and eaten

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.

Violetbacked (Plumcoloured) Starling Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Violet-backed Starling is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 4 eggs and they are coloured red.

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foliage.

The Violet-backed Starling is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is found in the African bushveld.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Violetbacked (Plumcoloured) Starling is mainly seen in small flocks...