Superb starling (Lamprotornis superbus)
The two superb starlings here are brother and sister; both hatched in August 2003 and came here in 2004.
Status in the wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern.
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.
They feed on insects, small invertebrates, fruit and seeds.
- 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.