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A brilliant iridescent blue-green bird with beautiful contrasting iridescent royal blue to violet tones – MEET THE GREATER BLUE-EARED STARLING!

A medium-sized bright blue to bright green bird with a beautifully contrasting royal blue to violet color!

MEET THE GREATER BLUE-EARED STARLING

A brilliant iridescent blue-green bird with beautiful contrasting iridescent royal blue to violet tones - MEET THE GREATER BLUE-EARED STARLING!
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The greater Blue-eared starling (Lamprotornis chalybaeus), is a bright blue-green bird with a purple-blue belly and a blue ear patch with contrasting royal blue to violet edges. The eyes are bright yellow-orange.

A brilliant iridescent blue-green bird with beautiful contrasting iridescent royal blue to violet tones - MEET THE GREATER BLUE-EARED STARLING!
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Both males and females are quite similar, with juveniles having black-to-brown bellies.

A brilliant iridescent blue-green bird with beautiful contrasting iridescent royal blue to violet tones - MEET THE GREATER BLUE-EARED STARLING!
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The greater blue-eared star is endemic from Senegal to Ethiopia and from southeastern Africa to northeastern South Africa and Angola.

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This species prefers open woodlands while being an omnivorous bird, it eats many invertebrates, seeds and berries, and figs.

Although usually, insects are its main source of food.

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The greater Blue-eared starling nests in tree cavities or abandoned nests of barbets and woodpeckers. The female lays a clutch of 3-5 eggs which are blue-green with purple spots. The eggs are then incubated for 13-14 days before hatching. Juveniles leave the nest after about 13-14 days.

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These birds are often found perching on livestock feeding on insects disturbed by these animals, and occasionally removing ectoparasites.

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Due to its wide range, this bird is Least Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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