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Greater Blue-eared Starling

Greater Blue-eared Starling

Scientific name: Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sturnidae

Also called Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling

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. It is highly gregarious and will form large flocks, often with other starlings. It roosts in reedbeds, thorn bushes, or acacia, may also be shared.

Like other starlings, it 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.

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Canon EOS-1D Mark III ,Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM
1/50s f/8.0 at 420mm (EF 300mm + EF 1.4x TC) ISO 800 full exif

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