Superb Starling

(Lamprotornis superbus)


Animal Info

The Zoo is home to one superb starling, a male, who resides inside the Animals of the Savanna building.

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.


Superb starlings 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.

Superb starlings are almost identical to Hildenbrandt’s starling, but have white eyes rather than red.

This species feeds on the ground.

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