Golden-breasted starling in exhibit

Golden-breasted Starling

Scientific Name

Cosmopsarus regius

Class

Aves

Order

Passeriformes

Range

Northeastern Africa

Habitat

Savannas and dry-thorn forests

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Golden-breasted starling in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

Named for their striking coloration, golden-breasted starlings have metallic blue wings with purple undertones, a yellow breast and belly, a violet throat, and a vibrant green head. They are social animals, living in family groups of three to 12 individuals in the wild, that primarily eat insects.

Interesting Fact 1

Golden-breasted starlings feed by catching insects mid-flight and digging up termite mounds.

Interesting Fact 2

Females lay their eggs in tree holes abandoned by woodpeckers after lining the space with straw and leaves.

Interesting Fact 3

Entire family groups of up to 12 birds cooperate to raise newly hatched young by gathering food and nesting materials.

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