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Birdwatching in Africa - Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus


The Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling (Lamprotornis chalybaeus) is a bird that breeds from all across Sub-Saharan Africa. It is a very common species of open woodland bird, and undertakes some seasonal migration.

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Range map
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Description
The greater blue-eared starling is a 22-cm long, short tailed bird. This starling is glossy blue-green with a purple-blue belly and blue ear patch. Its iris is bright yellow or orange. The sexes are similar, but the juvenile is duller and has blackish brown underparts.

The populations from southern Kenya southwards are smaller than northern birds and are sometimes considered to be a separate subspecies, L. c. sycobius.

The lesser blue-eared starling is similar to this species, but the blue of the belly does not extend forward of the legs.

The greater blue-eared starling has a range of musical or grating calls, but the most familiar is a nasal squee-ar.

Length: 24 cm
Wingspan:
Weight: 61 - 112 g
Longevity:
Distinctive Feature

Similar Species

• Lesser Blue-eared Glossy-Starling is smaller with a narrower ear patch and magenta belly and flanks. Bronze-tailed Glossy-Starling has a shorter tail and a darker orange-yellow eye. Cape Glossy-Starling has green ear patches, belly and flanks.

From opus at www.birdforum.net the forum for wild birds and birding.
Female / Male

• Sexes similar. Juveniles much duller.

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Listen to the Greater Blue-eared Starling

Remarks from the Recordist

Calling from scrubby slope.


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Behaviour

Breeding
The greater blue-eared starling nests in holes in trees, either natural or excavated by Woodpeckers or barbets. It will also nest inside the large stick nests of the sacred ibis or Abdim's stork. A nest will include three to five eggs, which are usually greenish-blue with brown or purple spots, and hatch in 13–14 days. The chicks leave the nest roughly 23 days after hatching.

This species is parasitised by the great spotted cuckoo and occasionally by the greater honeyguide.

Roosting
The greater blue-eared starling is highly gregarious and will form large flocks, often with other starlings. Its roosts, in reedbed, thorn bushes, or acacia, may also be shared.

Feeding
Like other starlings, the greater blue-eared starling is an omnivore, taking a wide range of invertebrates seeds and berries, especially figs, but is diet is mainly insects taken from the ground.

It will perch on livestock, feeding on insects disturbed by the animals and occasionally removing ectoparasites.

Conservation status
Conservation status
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.



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Sighted: 24 October 2019 (Date of first photo that I could use)
Location: Desert between Awash and Dulecha, Ethiopia


Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling
24 October 2019 - Desert between Awash and Dulecha, Ethiopia

Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling
24 October 2019 - Desert between Awash and Dulecha, Ethiopia

Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling
24 October 2019 - Desert between Awash and Dulecha, Ethiopia

Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling
24 October 2019 - Desert between Awash and Dulecha, Ethiopia

Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling
27 October 2019 - On the dust road to 10000 Flamingo Lodge, Ethiopia

Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling
27 October 2019 - On the dust road to 10000 Flamingo Lodge, Ethiopia

Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling
28 October 2019 - Sabana Beach Resort at Lake Langano, Ethiopia

Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling
28 October 2019 - Sabana Beach Resort at Lake Langano, Ethiopia

Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling
28 October 2019 - Sabana Beach Resort at Lake Langano, Ethiopia

Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling
28 October 2019 - Sabana Beach Resort at Lake Langano, Ethiopia

Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling
28 October 2019 - Sabana Beach Resort at Lake Langano, Ethiopia

Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling
28 October 2019 - Sabana Beach Resort at Lake Langano, Ethiopia

Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling
28 October 2019 - Sabana Beach Resort at Lake Langano, Ethiopia

Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling
28 October 2019 - Sabana Beach Resort at Lake Langano, Ethiopia

Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling
28 October 2019 - Sabana Beach Resort at Lake Langano, Ethiopia

Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Greater Blue-eared Starling or Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling
28 October 2019 - Sabana Beach Resort at Lake Langano, Ethiopia



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