Superb Starling (Lamprotornis superbus
Superb Starlings are small, 7.5" (19cm) birds that are very similar to Hildebrandt's Starling
. Superb Starlings have off-white eyes (Hildebrandt's are red) and have a diagnostic white breast band, vent area and wing-linings.
It has iridescent blue upperparts and upper breast. The head and throat are black. The lower breast and belly are rufous. The top of the wings have black spots (larger than Hildebrandt's). The bill and legs are black. Sexes are similar.
The juvenile bird is dull black, with brown eyes and maybe a hint of white breast-band and white vent. The immature bird starts to show colour and the eyes are grey. Habits
Superb Starling are often seen feeding with Hildebrandt's Starling and are more confiding. They are often seen in larger groups.
Nests are often made in 'Balanite' or Desert Date trees. Diet
Superb Starling are omnivourous, eating both insects and fruit, always from the ground. Often seen around safari camps, where they will also feed from the tables. Resident
Superb Starling are found all over Kenya, below 2,000 metres, except around Lake Victoria basin and along the coast south of Malindi. They are commonly seen in drier bushed and woodland areas. Extra Superb Starling Facts
Superb Starlings have variable calls, from chattering "whoo~whaa
", an alarmed "chiiirrrr
", to a screetching "scrrrreeee~scrrrreeee
Photographed at Kenya's Nairobi NP & Olare Orok Conservancy.