Golden-breasted starling in exhibit

Golden-breasted Starling

Scientific Name
Cosmopsarus regius
Northeastern Africa
Savannas and dry-thorn forests
Estimated Wild Population
Golden breasted starling in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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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.

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

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

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

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