Cape Glossy Starling

Lamprotornis nitens

Cape Glossy Starlings are a common feature of bushveld-savanna (especially thornveld) and woodland habitats in Southern Africa, and have of late become increasingly abundant in towns and suburbs where it takes advantage of discarded scraps and garden bird feeders. Its natural diet consists of fruit and insects.

They are gregarious birds, forming large flocks outside of the summer breeding season and often also associating with other kinds of starlings. Nests are built in holes in trees (or similar artificial structures, even post boxes!) and often used for many consecutive years by the same pair. Clutches are made up of between 2 and 6 eggs, incubated by the female. Mating pairs often have as many as 6 helpers assisting in the feeding of the latest brood.

The Cape Glossy Starling has a common and stable population throughout its range, which includes Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa (all provinces except the Western Cape), Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and is considered of least concern by the IUCN.


12 thoughts on “Cape Glossy Starling

  1. Dawn Renee

    The Starlings here recognize the sound of my door. They make multiple noises simultaneously as they sit in wait to get the nuts and grapes before the squirrels get to them. So smart, funny & beautiful they are.

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  2. John

    Great shots of a beautiful bird. The cape glossing starling is a very beautiful bird, even “ours” we have here in Europe is beautiful, but because it´s so common you don´t notice it when you are a “normal human” 🙂

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