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Mystery Bird of October – SOLVED

22 Jan
Mystery Bird of October

Mystery Bird of October – from Tumblr via Pinterest

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Wow! Just look at those blue feet. OK, someone, tell us who he is…

Once again, many thanks to Jay at naturalistsangle.blogspot.com for identifying this blue-footed mystery bird as the Superb Starling (Lamprotornis superbus) from East Africa.

Superb Starling - newquayzoo.org.uk

Superb Starling – newquayzoo.org.uk

This species is 7.1 to 7.5 inches long. Adults have black heads and iridescent blue-to-green back, upper breast, wings, and tail. The belly is red-orange, separated from the blue breast by a white bar. The undertail coverts and the wing linings are white. Juveniles have duller plumage with no more than a suggestion of the white breast band. Their irises are brown, later grayish white, eventually the adult’s cream-color.

The Superb Starling has a long and loud song consisting of trills and chatters. At midday it gives a softer song of repeated phrases. There are several harsh calls, the most complex of which is described as “a shrill, screeching skerrrreeee-cherrrroo-tcherreeeeeet.”

TheĀ Lamprotornis superbus feeds primarily on the ground, often below, or in the vicinity of, acacia trees. It is gregarious and is generally rather tame and unafraid of people.[3]

Superb Starling - en.wikipedia.org

Superb Starling – en.wikipedia.org

The appearance of the Superb Starling is very similar to Hildebrandt’s Starling, also found in East Africa. The Superb Starling is distinguished by having white eyes, as opposed to the red eyes in the Hildebrandt’s.

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Jack
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