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Blue Eared Starling

Blue Eared Starling

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Scientific Name:

Lamprotornis chalybaeus


Senegal to Ethiopia, south through East Africa to north-eastern South Africa and Angola


Omnivore. Fruit, insects (like locusts, beetles, termites and ants), nectar, cereal grains, food discarded by people, meat from carcasses.


Habitat: dry savannah woodland, desert, cultivated areas, gardens.

Incubation:  13-14 days, eggs 3–5

Social structure: pairs, small or large flocks up to 400 birds.

Weight:  76-106gr

Dimensions:  21-24 cm


Lifespan:  ~17

Estimated population in the wild:  common to abundant

Threats:  There are no major threats to this species

IUCN Status: Least concern

Did you know that:

They nest in tree cavities or in abandoned nests of woodpeckers or barbets 5-16m above the ground. On occasion, they have nested inside the large stick nests of  Sacred Ibis or Abdim's Stork.
They perch on livestock to feed on insects and occasionally remove ectoparasites (organism that live on their skin).

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