Greater Blue-eared Starling

Lamprotornis chalybaeus

Greater Blue-eared Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed at Iten, Kenya. 11 January 2012.

The colors presented by the plumage of glossy starlings is produced by minute structural elements in the feathers that refract incident light. Thus, depending on the orientation of the observer relative to the sun, the colors will vary considerably. The most brilliant colors are produced when the sun is behind the observer. The darker blue patch behind the eye may not be apparent from all angles.

Greater Blue-eared Starlings flock in groups and may forage around and near wildlife or domestic cattle. Their principal food is insects.

Sturnidae -- Starling Family

Books Available for Sale on ABE Books:

  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 19 August 2011, update 5 February 2012