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EMERALD STARLING

(Coccylius iris)

There is one male emerald starling at the Zoo. He was born in 2005 and came to the Zoo in the same year.

ABOUT THE EMERALD STARLING

STATUS IN THE WILD

Classified as "data deficient" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This means they are not likely to be immediately threatened with extinction, but more assessments are needed.

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HABITAT

Western Africa, in grasslands and open woodlands.

DIET

Omnivorous (eats plants and animals), they feed on small fruits, seeds and insects.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Both male and females of this species have the same striking metallic green and purple markings.
  • This is one of the smallest of the starling species.
  • The cup-shaped nest is built in a tree cavity.