Superb Starling | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Superb Starling

Lamprotornis superbus


  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

The bold and bright Superb Starling is emblazoned with metallic blue hues across its wings, back and chest. A unique and distinctive bird, they are most comfortable around woodland and agricultural land. Unlike many species within the bird family, both male and female assume responsibility for the rearing and care of their young.

Native Range →

Eastern Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda

Natural Habitat  →

Savanna, grassland, forest and shrubland

Diet  →

Berries, seeds and insects

Life Expectancy  →

Around 3 years in the wild. Unknown in zoos

Breeding  →

4 eggs from a 14 day incubation period

Group Name  →

Group

Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

No major threats

Fun fact

Superb Starlings may preferentially place their nests in Acacia trees defended by the most aggressive ant species, presumably because the ants help protect the nest from predators

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