A glossy shimmering blue-green bird with beautiful contrasting iridescent royal blue to violet tones

A medium-sized glossy iridescent blue to green bird with stunning royal blue to violet flanks!

The bigger Blue-eared starling (Lamprotornis chalybaeus) is a gleaming blue-green bird.

A glossy shimmering blue-green bird with beautiful contrasting iridescent royal blue to violet tones

Moreover, with a purple-blue belly and blue ear patch and royal blue to violet flanks.

The eyes are a vibrant yellow-orange.

Males and females are nearly identical, although immature birds are duller, with blackish to brown bellies.

The Greater Blue-eared starling is found only in Senegal, Ethiopia, and south across eastern Africa to northeastern South Africa and Angola.

This species prefers open woods, and being an omnivorous bird, they eat a variety of insects, seeds, berries, and figs.

A glossy shimmering blue-green bird with beautiful contrasting iridescent royal blue to violet tones

Though insects are its primary dietary source.

The Greater Blue-eared starling nests in tree cavities or abandoned barbet and woodpecker nests.

The female lays a clutch of up to 3-5 eggs with purple dots that are green-blue in hue.

Before hatching, the eggs are incubated for 13-14 days. After around 13-14 days, the fledglings depart the nest.

These birds are frequently observed perched atop cattle.

Eating on insects disturbed by these animals and occasionally eliminating ectoparasites.

A glossy shimmering blue-green bird with beautiful contrasting iridescent royal blue to violet tones

This bird is listed as least threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species due to its extensive distribution.

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