The golden-breasted starling is a common passerine native to Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania.
Golden-breasted starling behavior and facts
- In addition to its golden breast and belly, this striking starling has iridescent blue wings, a green head and a violet throat.
- It is primarily insectivorous.
- It frequents open bush in arid and semi-arid habitats.
From birth to death
- Golden-breasted starlings make their nests in abandoned holes made by barbets or woodpeckers.
- They are known to line their nests with shed snake skins, felted hair and dried grass
- Multiple adults work cooperatively to raise each others chicks.
- Clutch: 3 to 4 eggs
IUCN least concern
Golden-breasted starlings, the Oregon Zoo and you
The zoo's golden-breasted starlings live in the Howard Vollum Aviary exhibit.