Skip to Content

Identification: Burchell's starling

Identify and index birds in Southern Africa

Moderator: hilda

User avatar
charbel
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 884
Joined: Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:22 pm
Location: Brazil

Identification: Burchell's starling

Unread postby charbel » Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:33 pm

Hi all,

I am almost sure that the animal in the photo is a Burchell's Starling (seen in Afsaal), but the photograph does not show quite clearly yhe dark region around the eye... Do you have some other opinion?

Image

Cheers
Charbel

User avatar
JoelR
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 510
Joined: Tue Sep 12, 2006 2:36 pm
Location: Pretoria
Contact:

Re: Identification: Burchell's starling

Unread postby JoelR » Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:04 am

Hi Charbel. Burchell's Starling is the only dark-eyed glossy starling that occurs at Afsaal. It also has a much longer tail and is bigger than the Cape Glossy & Greater Blue-eared Starlings. The closest lookalike in the area is Meve's Starling, but that bird is much more slender and only occurs in the far north of Kruger.

User avatar
charbel
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 884
Joined: Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:22 pm
Location: Brazil

Re: Identification: Burchell's starling

Unread postby charbel » Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:21 pm

So, definitely Burchell's starling. Thanks!


Return to “Birding in Southern Africa”