Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52457

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Sturnidae
Genus:Lamprotornis
Genus species:Lamprotornis superbus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:17 cm
Identification:The exact color and markings of the superb starling can vary. However, they are usually a glossy black/blue/green color with white eyes. It has a white breast band and a chestnut breast and stomach.
Habitat:Woodlands, thorny bush, acacia country, urban areas
Diet:Omnivore: insects, berries, human refuse
Reproduction:The breeding season for these birds varies. Both parents incubate their four eggs and care for the chicks.
Superb starlings feed in groups on the ground. They are found in small groups but they never flock.
Behavior:The superb starling spends the hot hours resting, preening and singing softly in a leafy tree.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Superb starlings have been known to mimic other birds' singing.

Other Information

Geographic:Northeastern Africa Date:1967-10 Subjects:Superb starling
perching birds
Starlings
Sturnidae
Passeriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata