Micke Grove Zoo

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Superb Starling

Lamprotornis superbus

Habitat: lives in open country are widespread and abundant

Range: Native to Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, United Republic of Uganda

Natural Diet: Insects and fruits

Status in the Wild: Common (Least Concern)


Fun Animal Facts

Often called “Glossy Starlings”, these birds have a bluish-green metallic sheen on their wings, tail and chest. They have a black head and a reddish-brown breast. These starlings produce a wide variety of calls that are either emitted to attract mates or to threaten competitors.

Conservation: this species is widespread and abundant and are currently not considered vulnerable or threatened.


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Superb starlings are brightly colored

Distributional range