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Emerald Starling Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Lamprotornis iris
  • Class

    Birds
  • Order

    Passeriformes
  • Range

    Western Africa

  • Status

    Common. Lincoln Park Zoo cooperatively manages emerald starling populations with other institutions in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

  • Habitat

    Open savanna and woodlands

  • Niche

    The emerald starling catches insects in flight and also uses its strong beak to probe for insects and seeds in soil and heavy vegetation. In the wild, the species lives in flocks of 15-20 members; these flocks occasionally gather to form larger groups.

  • Life History

    The emerald starling locates its nest in small holes found in tree stumps or trunks. The male and female cooperate in building the nest from leaves, and both bring food to chicks after they hatch.

  • Special Adaptations

    Females possess a brood patch—a spot on their stomach lacking feathers—that helps them transfer body heat to their eggs.

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