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Starling: Burchell's

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Starling: Burchell's

Unread post by JenB » Sun Mar 29, 2009 6:22 am

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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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by BushAddict » Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:23 am

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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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:13 pm

It's a Burchell's starling - dark eye and long purple-blue tail, big black earpatch.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:23 pm

Burchell's Starling!
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Unread post by Rusty Justy » Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:24 pm

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by BushAddict » Sat Aug 29, 2009 7:24 pm

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

Unread post by michaelpr » Sun Sep 06, 2009 6:48 pm

Hi,
Is this just a sparrow?
What sparrow is it?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Sun Sep 06, 2009 7:48 pm

It's a Burchell's Starling, dark eye and wedge tailed.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by michaelpr » Mon Sep 07, 2009 4:25 pm

Thank you :D
I did actually mean Starling instead of sparrow. I just got a little mixed up :P

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Re: Starling: Burchell's

Unread post by Barcud » Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:13 pm

Pic taken somewhere near Mopani.

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Identification: Burchell's starling

Unread post by 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?

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Re: Identification: Burchell's starling

Unread post by 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.

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Re: Identification: Burchell's starling

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

So, definitely Burchell's starling. Thanks!

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Re: Starling: Burchell's

Unread post by Leeukos » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:08 am

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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Re: Starling: Burchell's

Unread post by Leeukos » Mon Mar 21, 2011 3:56 pm

Also got this one in the Biyamiti camp site.

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