Starling (Sturnidae)

Appearance
There are 27 species of Starling found in Kenya.
Starlings are medium-sized birds with strong bills and feet. They are either dark-coloured or feature bright plumage colours, some iridescent - greens, blues and purples featuring heavily. Some have short, squared-off tails, while others have long, graduated tails.

Habits
Some arboreal species of Starlings hop, but most open-country species walk with a purposeful, waddling gait. They are good, strong fliers. Mostly very sociable birds, they can be very noisy when in large flocks. Many species nest in tree cavities, others building cup or dome-shaped nests.

Diet
Starlings are omnivorous, eating both insects and plant material, mostly fruit, either on the tree or fallen.

Resident
Starlings, in particular the common Superb Starling, are seen all over Kenya, below 2,000 meters. Other species have 'pockets' of residency.

Extra Starling Facts
No Starling has an accomplished song, but most make noises - whistles, chattering, twitters and squeaks.

Photographs
Photographed at Kenya's Lake Baringo, Masai Mara and Olare Orok Conservancy.

Bristle-crowned Starling

Bristle-crowned Starling

Greater Blue-eared Starling

Greater Blue-eared Starling

Hildebrandt's Starling

Hildebrandt's Starling

Ruppell's Long-tailed Starling

Ruppell's Long-tailed Starling

Superb Starling

Superb Starling

Violet-backed Starling

Violet-backed Starling