Superb or Brilliant Starlings



Superb Starling


Superb Starling The Superb Starlings (Lamprotornis superbus) are commonly found in East Africa, including Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.



The Superb Starlings measure about 7 - 7.5 inches (18 - 19 cm) in length - including the tail.

Adults have black heads and glossy blue-to-green backs, upper breast, wings and tails. The chest is blue followed by a white bar and below the abdomen isred-orange. The undertail coverts (feathers) and the wing linings are white.

The juvenile plumage is duller plumage, with a less well defined white band below the chest. The eyes are initially brown, then turn greyish white until they reach the adult coloration of cream-colored eyes.


Calls / Vocalizations

The Superb Starlings' calls are described as long and loud consisting of various trills and chatters, including a shrill, screeching skerrrreeee-cherrrroo-tcherreeeeeet.". At midday, their songs are softer repeated phrases.


Diet / Feeding

These starlings feed on various fruits and plant matter; as well as insects.

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


Superb Starling Superb or Brillian Starling

Superb Starling (Lamprotornis superbus)

Superb Starling


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