French: Choucador pourpré German: Purpurglanzstar Spanish: Estornino purpúreo
Other common names:
Purple Glossy Starling
Juida = Benin
Senegambia, extreme S Mauritania#R, Guinea-Bissau, S Mali and N Guinea E (mainly in savanna belt) to S Chad, N Central African Republic, SW Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda and W Kenya.
27 cm; 91–140 g. Large glossy starling with short tail and relatively large bill; eye often appears large. Has forehead and crown purple, lores black, nape and... read more
Song, noted from flocks in trees during heat of day, a sustained chatter. Flight call "twee-twee";... read more
Open savanna woodland N of forested zone, open areas with scattered bushes and trees, also in burnt... read more
Food and feeding
Diet fruit, nectar and insects. Fruits of Ficus and Zizyphus, and of exotic neem (Azadirachta indica); nectar of... read more
Season Apr–Jul in Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria, Mar–May in Sudan, and Feb–Apr in Uganda. Nest in tree hole, sometimes under... read more
Presumed resident, as present throughout year in most areas; local movements likely, as in e.g.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to abundant; perhaps the most abundant glossy starling in parts of W Africa; uncommon in extreme E of range (W Kenya). During early... read more
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