Emerald starling

Coccycolius iris

Named for its iridescent green plumage, the emerald starling is a common passerine of Western Africa.

Emerald starling behavior and facts

  • Fruit is the most important part of its diet, followed by insects.
  • It inhabits wooded and open savanna, but generally avoids forests.
  • It lives in flocks numbering from 15-20 members, but is occasionally forms larger congregations.

From birth to death

  • Emerald starlings nest in small holes that they find in dead trees.
  • Females possess a featherless spot on their stomach which they use to keep their eggs warm. This is called a brood patch.


IUCN "data deficient"

Emerald starlings, the Oregon Zoo and you

The zoo's emerald starlings live in the Howard Vollum Aviary.