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Burchell’s Starling

Lamprotornis australis

Burchell’s Starling inhabits savannas and woodlands with large thorn trees and patches of open terrain, foraging mostly on the ground for invertebrates, flowers and fruit. They also scavenge for scraps at picnic spots.

These large (34cm long, weighing 120g) starlings breed during summer, usually in cavities in trees lined with grass, leaves, feathers, snake skin and occasionally paper and other human waste material. The female lays 2-4 eggs and is responsible for incubation, which takes about two weeks, but both parents feed the chicks until they leave the nest at about 3 weeks of age.

Burchell’s Starling occurs in only a few southern African countries: marginally into Angola, Zambia, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, with the core of their distribution centred on Namibia, Botswana and South Africa, where they occur in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the North West with a few scattered records elsewhere. The IUCN considers the species of least concern.