Greater Blue-eared Starling feeding on ants, Mphongolo Loop

Greater Blue-eared Starling feeding on ants, Mphongolo Loop
Species: Greater Blue-eared Starling   Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Subspecies: nordmanni
Author: Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson
Date: 
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Added to IBC: 1 Jul 2017 - 08:49
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287 meters
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This Greater Blue-eared Starling was one of several species of birds feeding on swarming ants on the ground below.  There was intense competition for the large ants amongst the birds there – these included Arrow-marked Babblers, Violet-backed Starlings and Southern Yellow-billed Hornbills.  This bird was chased away by a Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill.

Citation

Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1388074. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1388074.

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Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1388074. Video of Greater Blue-eared Starling Lamprotornis chalybaeus at Kruger National Park, South Africa. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1388074.

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