Saturday, 27 May 2017

Violet-backed Starling

Also known as Plum-coloured or Amethyst Starling (Cinnyrisinclus leucogaster). Seen in a garden along the Wallingford road on the 21st May at 17:00.

The bird had a lilac band on its right leg so we can assume this was an escapee from an aviary/cage, they are a commonly kept cage bird unfortunately.

This species has a very large range from forested areas across  sub-Saharan Africa and right across southern Africa from Tanzania to South Africa.

Photos courtesy Claire Holford

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