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Bird of the Month: Long-tailed Glossy Starling

My Magazine 2023/06
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The Long-tailed Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis caudatus) is a magnificent bird species found in various regions of sub-Saharan Africa. With its glossy plumage and gracefully elongated tail feathers, this avian creature captivates bird enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. They have an enchanting beauty and intriguing characteristics.

The long-tailed glossy starling stands out with its stunning plumage. The adult birds showcase an array of vivid colors, primarily glossy, iridescent shades of blue and green. The glossy feathers create a mesmerizing effect as they catch the light, casting a shimmering display. The elongated tail feathers further add to the starling's allure, creating a graceful and elegant profile.

Long-tailed glossy starlings can be found across different habitats in sub-Saharan Africa. They are adaptable birds that inhabit woodlands, savannas, and even gardens. Their presence brings a touch of vibrancy and beauty to these diverse ecosystems.

These starlings are highly social birds, often seen congregating in large flocks. Their social interactions are fascinating to observe, as they communicate through various vocalizations and visual displays. During courtship, the males showcase their long tail feathers in intricate aerial displays, a spectacle that mesmerizes observers.

Long-tailed glossy starlings have an omnivorous diet, feasting on a combination of fruits, seeds, and insects. Their foraging activities contribute to seed dispersal and play a crucial role in the ecological balance of their habitats.

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