The violet-backed starling is a common passerine native to sub-Saharan Africa.
Violet-backed starling behavior and facts
- Violet-backed starlings are also known as amethyst starlings.
- They prefer open woodland areas and riverine forest, and move frequently to areas with the most abundant fruit.
- Fruit and insects are the most important foods for this species.
- These starlings exhibit strong sexual dimorphism; males are brilliantly colored while females appear comparatively drab.
From birth to death
- Violet-backed starlings nest in hollow trees.
- Leaves and dry dung are commonly utilized nesting materials.
- Clutch: 3 eggs
IUCN least concern
Violet-backed starlings, the Oregon Zoo and you
The zoo's violet-backed starlings live in the Howard Vollum Aviary exhibit.