Long-tailed Glossy-starling (Lamprotornis caudatus) - Wiki
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The Long-tailed Glossy Starling
, Lamprotornis caudatus
, is a member of the starling
family of birds. It is a resident breeder in tropical Africa from Senegal east to Sudan.
This common passerine is typically found in open woodland and cultivation. The Long-tailed Glossy Starling
builds a nest in hole. The normal clutch is 2 to 4 eggs.
This ubiquitous bird is gregarious and noisy, with a harsh grating call.
The adults of these 54 cm long birds have metallic green upperparts, violet underparts and a 34 cm long purple tail. The face is black with a yellow eye. The sexes are similar, but juveniles are duller, with a brownish tone to the plumage.
Like most starling
s, the Long-tailed Glossy Starling
is fairly omnivorous, eating fruit and insects.
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