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Latin name

 

Lamprotornis nitens

Family

 

Tree birds

Size

 

Length 22 - 23 cm

Weight

 

78 - 104 g

Colour

 

Glossy black with bright metallic green reflections; ear coverts glossed purplish; coppery patch on bend of wing; bright orange-yellow eye.

Appearance

 

Greater and lesser blue-eared starlings, and black-bellied starling; glossier than black-bellied, espacially underparts; less silky-lustrous than blue-eared starlings, and with less contrasting ear coverts; voice diagnostic.

Habitat

 

Woodland, savanna, semi-arid scrub, riverine bush, farmyards, gardens.