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Burchell's Starling | Lamprotornis australis

The Burchell's Starling is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Sturnidae bird family group which includes birds such as Starlings, Mynans, Oxpeckers.

The description for the Burchell's Starling (Latin name Lamprotornis australis) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Lamprotornis australis can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 762 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 966. You will find a picture of the Burchell's 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.

Neither the Latin nor the Engish name for this bird has been affected by recent nomenclature modifications ? these changes have been incorporated into Robert's 7th Edition where appropriate.

The Burchell's Starling is known in Afrikaans as Grootglansspreeu.

The Burchell's Starling is near Endemic to the Southern African Region which means it is mainly found in this region but is not restricted here alone. The Lamprotornis australis can be found in other parts of the world.

The Burchell's Starling has a height of 30 cms and weighs around 105 gms. The head is coloured blue, green while the bill is coloured black. The Lamprotornis australis has a blue coloured throat, black legs and a blue coloured back. The eyes are brown.

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 blue, green

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are black

Throat is blue

Back is blue

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

The Lamprotornis australis 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 .

The Lamprotornis australis forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Burchell's 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 blue.

The bird builds its nest within a tree cavity just a few meters above the ground. The hole in the tree is normally reused in the next nesting season.

The Burchell's 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

The bird is an urban dweller as well, being at home in parks, gardens and in old vacated buildings

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Burchell's Starling is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

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