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Glossy Starling

Glossy Starling
Photo Information
Copyright: Karl Daniels (webphoto) Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 7 N: 56] (359)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Kodak EasyShare Z740
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/362 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-14 0:30
Viewed: 4005
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Purple Glossy Starling, Lamprotornis purpureus, is a member of the starling family of birds. It is a resident breeder in tropical Africa from Senegal and north Zaire east to Sudan and west Kenya. This common passerine is typically found in open woodland and cultivation. The Purple Starling builds a nest in hole. The normal clutch is two eggs. This is a gregarious and noisy bird, with typical starling squeaks and chattering.

The adults of these stocky 22-23cm long birds have a metallic purple head and body, and glossy green wings. They have a short tail and a yellow eye. The sexes are similar, but juveniles are much duller, with grey underparts and a brown iris.

Like most starlings, the Purple Glossy Starling is fairly omnivorous, eating fruit and insects.

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Hi Karl,
Very tough (and deceptive because of the iridescence) angle. In any case, should not be purpureus (doesn't range and I presume this was shot in habitat and not in a Zoo). Purpureus ranges much to the north - in the equatorial forest belt. There is only one Lamprotornis that ranges near Johannesburg - Lamprotornis nitens.

EDIT: Come to think about it, maybe shot in a Zoo, as was your Cyanocorax. Let me know.

stunning colours and a great POV...lovely pose and fine DoF...you have a great shot of this bird!! TFS

Hello Karl,
very good composition and pov, beautiful colors!

Hi Karl, beastly photo and striking colurs. Regards

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