The Majestic Beauty of the Golden-breasted Starling: A Kaleidoscope of Vibrant Colors from Head to Tail!

A beautiful bird covered head to tail in bold, vivid, metallic shades of green, yellow, and ultra-violet blue on the throat and wings.

Meet the Golden-breasted Starling

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The golden-breasted starling (Lamprotornis regius), is also known as sometimes known as the royal starling for good reason. This species’s head is a metallic shade of green, with the upper back being a similar color. The breast and belly are a golden yellow, with violet-blue on the wings, back, and neck.

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The bill is dark, as are the legs, all finished off nicely, with long tail feathers.

The female looks very similar to the male, with juveniles looking a little duller.

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This bird occupies a large range from Somalia to Ethiopia, through to Kenya, and then Tanzania.

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The golden-breasted starling prefers dry, arid areas, usually scrublands and savannas, to a lesser extent also grasslands.

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They dine on insects, often catching them on the wing, or by digging up termite mounds.

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They will also eat some fruit and berries.

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These birds nest in tree holes where a cup-shaped nest is built of leaves, roots, and other plant materials they find. The female lays 3-5 eggs which she incubates for about 11-14 days. Both parents feed the hatchlings along with other birds from the wider community. Chicks are fully-fledged after about 3 weeks.

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This species has a very large breeding range and is described as locally common. The population is thought to be stable in the absence of evidence of any decline or threats.

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Watch and listen to this bird right here in the video below: