Glossy-starlings all of sub-Saharan Africa

Birds of this genus are known for their striking iridescent plumage, which includes shades of blue, green, and purple. They are part of the starling family, Sturnidae, and are often found in flocks. Lamprotornis species are omnivorous and have a varied diet, including insects, fruit, and seeds. They are also important in the ecosystem, playing a role in controlling insect populations and dispersing seeds.

Some species, such as the Burchell’s Starling, are common and widespread, while others are more rare and restricted to specific habitats. Conservation efforts, including habitat protection and education programs, are important in ensuring the continued survival of these stunning birds.