Golden-breasted starling

Latin Name
Cosmopsarus regius

Class
Birds

Order
Passeriformes

Description

Named for its striking coloration, the golden-breasted starling has metallic blue wings, a yellow breast and belly, a violet throat and a vibrant green head.


 

Range

Northeastern Africa


Status

Common. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Golden-Breasted Starling Species Survival Plan®, a shared management effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


Habitat

Savannas and dry-thorn forests


Niche

The golden-breasted starling's diet is composed almost entirely of insects. Adult birds catch insects in flight and dig up termite mounds to find prey.


Life History

The golden-breasted starling lives in family groups of 3-12 individuals in the wild. Females lay their eggs in tree holes abandoned by woodpeckers, lining the nest with straw and leaves. Entire family groups cooperate in raising young by gathering food and nesting materials.




Lincoln Park Zoo Exhibit