The Violet-backed Starling (Cinnyricinclus leuogaster) is a small Starling 7" (17cm) of both open bush and woodland.

The sexes are very different, the male showing a violet coloured back, with white underparts - and the female is brown on top, with white, speckled with brown underneath. The female also features a yellow gape (the 'lips' behind the beak).

The Violet-backed Starling is also known as the Amethyst Starling or Plum-coloured Starling. Flocks of these birds move with the seasons and the fruiting of trees, but often return to the same areas, to breed in tree holes.

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Violet-backed Starling

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