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HILDEBRANDT’S STARLINGLamprotornis hildebrandtiTanzania, Africa ©Noel Feans
Hildebrandt’s Starling is colorful bird found in Kenya and Tanzania. Its habitat is open woodland and thornbrush country. The adult has bright iridescent plumage on its upper body. This iridescence is derived from the interference of reflected light from regimented microscopic feather structures and not from pigments.
The head is blue as are most of the upperparts, the wings are bronze-green with blue primaries, the throat and upper breast are glossy purple, and the tail is glossy blue-green. The middle breast and upper belly are orange-buff and the lower belly is rufous. The iris is orange-red, and the bill and legs are black. Male and female adults are identical in external appearance.
The diet of Hildebrandt’s Starling is a combination of insects and fruit, with insects apparently being the more important constituent. It has been observed feeding on beetles and grasshoppers, as well as hawking for flying termites. Seeds from fruit have also been found in the stomachs of some birds. It usually feeds on the ground, in pairs and small flocks, and will readily follow large mammals and catch prey flushed by their movement. It also joins mixed flocks of other starlings. Source
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HILDEBRANDT’S STARLING
Lamprotornis hildebrandti
Tanzania, Africa
©Noel Feans

Hildebrandt’s Starling is colorful bird found in Kenya and Tanzania. Its habitat is open woodland and thornbrush country. The adult has bright iridescent plumage on its upper body. This iridescence is derived from the interference of reflected light from regimented microscopic feather structures and not from pigments.

The head is blue as are most of the upperparts, the wings are bronze-green with blue primaries, the throat and upper breast are glossy purple, and the tail is glossy blue-green. The middle breast and upper belly are orange-buff and the lower belly is rufous. The iris is orange-red, and the bill and legs are black. Male and female adults are identical in external appearance.

The diet of Hildebrandt’s Starling is a combination of insects and fruit, with insects apparently being the more important constituent. It has been observed feeding on beetles and grasshoppers, as well as hawking for flying termites. Seeds from fruit have also been found in the stomachs of some birds. It usually feeds on the ground, in pairs and small flocks, and will readily follow large mammals and catch prey flushed by their movement. It also joins mixed flocks of other starlings. Source

Other posts you may like:

Male Violet-backed Starling

Superb Starling

Srilankan Blue Magpie

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