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.
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.
Western Africa, in grasslands and open woodlands.
Omnivorous (eats plants and animals), they feed on small fruits, seeds and insects.
- 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.