• The Zoo is closed for Thanksgiving.

SUPERB STARLING

(Lamprotornis superbus)

The two superb starlings here are brother and sister; both hatched in August 2003 and came here in 2004.

ABOUT THE SUPERB STARLING

STATUS IN THE WILD

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern.

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HABITAT

These birds are found throughout East Africa, ranging from Sudan and Ethiopia, south through Kenya and Tanzania. They prefer open country and savanna areas, but have become accustomed to people among surrounding villages and cities.

DIET

They feed on insects, small invertebrates, fruit and seeds.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Superb starlings have long, loud calls made up of trills and chatters. They can also mimic other birds.
  • This starling is almost identical to Hildenbrandt's starling, but has white eyes rather than red.
  • This species feeds on the ground.