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 Post subject: Starling: Burchell's
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 6:22 am 
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Burchell's Starling
Lamprotornis australis

Afrikaans: Grootglansspreeu

Identification:
Large size, heavy build, iridescent blue-green, blacker on face and ear coverts. Tail long and rounded, heavy, purplish and barred black in good light. Legs and feet long and strong. Wings very broad and rounded, flight laboured. Immature: Duller than adult, belly blackish.

Distribution:
Interior and west parts of South Africa to Angola.

Status:
Fairly common to abundant resident.

Habitat:
Woodland and savanna.

Habits:
Usually solitary or in pairs or small groups, sometimes in the company of other metallic starlings. Roosts communally in large flocks in trees or reedbeds, performing synchronized aerobatics before settling. Forages on bare ground, walking with long strides. Becomes tame in game reserves otherwise rather shy.

Food:
Insects, other invertebrates, fruit.

Breeding:
September to March (mainly October to January) in Transvaal. November to March in Namibia.
Nest:
Pad of grass in natural hole in tree, usually fairly high above ground, sometimes as low as 2m.
Clutch:
2-4 eggs. Eggs, bright sky blue to pale greenish blue, plain or sparsely spotted reddish purple mainly at thick end.
Incubation: Unrecorded
Nestling: Unrecorded.
(Source: Roberts)

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi all,

Please help me identify this starling. I am leaning towards the Burchell's, but I am not 100% certain. This pic was taken in Orpen camp in Kruger in April 2009.

Thanks in advance :D

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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It's a Burchell's starling - dark eye and long purple-blue tail, big black earpatch.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Burchell's Starling!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks for the help with the ID Lizet and RJ. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi,
Is this just a sparrow?
What sparrow is it?
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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It's a Burchell's Starling, dark eye and wedge tailed.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thank you :D
I did actually mean Starling instead of sparrow. I just got a little mixed up :P


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 Post subject: Re: Starling: Burchell's
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Pic taken somewhere near Mopani.

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 Post subject: Re: Starling: Burchell's
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The following pictures of the Burchell's Starling was taken close to Afsaal picnic spot. It is amazing how the color of this bird change when the angle of the sun on it changes. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Starling: Burchell's
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Also got this one in the Biyamiti camp site.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi all
This was seen at S140, at Jan 7th. Is it a Square-tailed or a Fork-tailed Drongo? Just supposing it is a Drongo, as I guessed so....

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 Post subject: Identification Help - General Birds
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Your bird looks like a Burchell's Starling to me


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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thank you all again...have so far with your ID's added another 6 to my list.

Here are the last 3 on general birds.

This last one seen on a loop between PKop and Satara in September 2009 (I dont think the colors and the tail resembles the usual starling?)

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