Iris Glossy-starlings or Emerald Starlings

Starlings

Iris Glossy-starling, Coccycolius iris


The Iris Glossy-starling, Coccycolius iris, is also known as the Emerald Starling. Its placement in a monotypic genus Coccycolius is disputed; some combine it with many other glossy-starlings in Lamprotornis.


Distribution

The Iris Glossy-starling is distributed in West Africa, where it can be found in the lowland areas and savanna of Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea and Sierra Leone.


Description

One of the smallest species among starlings, with a metallic green crown, upper body, wings and tail. The ear-coverts (feathers covering the ears) and underparts are metallic purple. Both sexes look alike.


Diet / Feeding

They feeds on figs, Haronga berries and other fruit, seeds, and small insects such as ants.


Nesting

The cup-shaped nest is built in a tree cavity.


Iris Glossy Starling

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson



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