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Amethyst Starlings can be found across sub-Saharan Africa to South Africa.
They eat fruits, insects, and some seeds.
The Amethyst Starling can live for 15 years.
They lay 2-4 eggs of pale blue colour with reddish spots. Both male and female will work together in rearing the chicks.
About the Amethyst Starling
Amethyst Starlings are usually found evenly in distribution all over South Africa, they mainly hunt and eat insects off the ground. The Starling has been found in much of sub-Saharan African mostly in grassland, woodland, or riverine areas. These birds are mostly found in tropical forests and savannas.
The Amethyst Starling travels in small flocks, and the male and female are both brown when they are younger. Their wings appears to change colour from dark violet to a lighter shade depending on whether it is a male for a female, and where in South Africa the Starlings are.
Did you know?
They are also known as the Violet-backed starling