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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Burchell's Starling

Afrikaans name: Grootglansspreeu

Most often you will see Buchell's Starlings on the ground

Burchell's Starlings are normally seen on the ground

Photo © Steven Herbert

Lamprotornis australis

Burchell's Starling is one of the 'glossy' starlings found in South Africa. This is one of the larger species and is also the darkest. It can appear almost black in certain light. It has a black eye.

It is found in many countries in southern Africa.

The main food items for the Burchell's Starling are insects and fruit. It is most often seen on the ground.

Pairs bond for life. They nest in holes in trees.

The Burchells Starling is often seen singly but it can be seen in flocks as well.

This Burchell's Starling has just caught a frog

Photo © Steven Herbert

Above - Burchell's Starlings are a common sight in Kruger National Park, although they aren't as common as the Cape Glossy Starling and Greater Blue-eared Starling. This one has just caught a frog in a river bed.


References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 44

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 107

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 74

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 194

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 671

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 669

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 402

Wild Issue 39 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 74

List of South African Birds

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