Superb starling

Widespread and bright; a superb starling indeed

Sumeet Moghe

A charismatic bird species native to East Africa, it is renowned for its stunning iridescent plumage and lively behavior. With its vibrant blue and orange feathers, highlighted by striking white spots on its wings and tail, the Superb starling is a true gem of the avian world. These distinctive colors make them easily recognizable in their habitat, adding a splash of brilliance to the East African landscape.

As members of the starling family, Superb starlings are often found in flocks, where they engage in various social behaviors, including foraging, grooming, and vocalizing. They have a diverse diet that includes insects, fruits, seeds, and occasionally small vertebrates. Their omnivorous nature allows them to adapt to a wide range of habitats, from savannas and woodlands to cultivated areas and urban environments.

Active during the day, Superb starlings are known for their melodious calls, which can be heard resonating throughout their range. These vocalizations serve various purposes, including communication within flocks, territorial defense, and courtship displays. During the breeding season, which typically coincides with the rainy season, male Superb starlings engage in elaborate courtship rituals to attract mates. Nests are constructed in trees, where females lay their eggs, and both parents participate in incubation and chick-rearing duties.

Despite being a common sight in their native range, Superb starlings remain a popular species among birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Their stunning colors and active behavior make them a delight to observe in the wild, and they often attract attention with their vibrant plumage and lively antics.

In addition to their aesthetic appeal, Superb starlings play an important ecological role as seed dispersers and insect controllers. By consuming a variety of plant matter and insects, they help maintain the balance of ecosystems and contribute to the health of their habitats.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Ethiopia
2016
Kenya
2016
Somalia
2016
South Sudan
2016
Sudan
2016
Tanzania
2016
UAE
2016
Introduced
Uganda
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic / Monomorphic (size)

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No