Purple Glossy Starlings Look Like Shiny Metal Statues

Birds are amazing animals that touch our lives in ways that we don’t often consider. In many cases, they are just there to sing us a song or perhaps to catch our attention from time to time as they fly by.

Of course, not all birds are popular among the masses, and starlings tend to be considered a nuisance bird by many.

Although that may be the case, they still have a lot to offer and some of the species of starlings are nothing short of amazing.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

One of those lesser-known species comes from Africa, and it is the purple glossy starling. If you never had an opportunity to see one of these unique birds, you are really missing out on a rare treat. After all, their feathers are so shiny, they have been compared to liquid metal.

Fortunately, you don’t have to travel to the far reaches of the earth to observe one of these shiny birds. The pictures online really show them for what they are, although the pictures do not truly do them justice.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

There may be some birds that look shiny when the sun is hitting their feathers just the right way. Perhaps we have seen this even in some common birds in our area, such as pigeons.

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or the purple glossy starling, however, the shininess is seen from their head to their tail, and it is one of the most beautiful sights you can see.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The emerald green color sparkles under the light and it makes them easily visible. Although that is true, the number of starlings that exist in the wild is phenomenal. They are one of the most common birds that you will find in their native habitat of tropical Africa.

You will find these birds in areas such as West Kenya, Zaire, and Sudan. They live in the open areas, although they have been transported to other areas and tend to gain a foothold quickly. They are relatively small, being up to 11 inches in length, although that doesn’t include the tail.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The mating season for these shiny birds starts in February and lasts for a few months into May. They live in the cavities of trees, where they build their nests and lay up to 3 eggs per year.

These resilient birds can survive in most areas by eating insects and fruit. They will even head to the ground to grab a quick meal.

Photo: flickr/Allan Hopkins

Enjoy some more pictures of these beautiful birds from Twitter below. They are just one more example of what makes our world so interesting.

Photo: Twitter/Joel Sartore
Photo: Twitter/BalabaCamp
Photo: Twitter/_everybird_
Photo: Twitter/CherguiaGroup
Photo: Twitter/alison_copland
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