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Violet-backed starling

Cinnyricinclus leucogaster

Violet backed starling

The violet backed starling is also known as the amethyst starling. This species is highly sexually dimorphic, meaning the male and female starlings are easily told apart. The male has a bright metallic purple head and back, with a bright white chest and stomach. The female in comparison is rather drab, with mainly brown plumage with a white speckled stomach. This species is rather small compared to other starlings.

Habitat
Forest

Diet - Herbivore/Insectivore
Violet-backed starlings eat fruit (particularly figs), berries and insects.

Size
These birds can be up to 19 centimetres and weigh about 60 grams.

Location
Violet-backed starlings are found in open woodland or riverside forests in Africa, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

Conservation status
The IUCN does not believe that the violet backed starling is in any danger in the wild.

Threats
The biggest potential threat to the violet-backed staling is the loss of habitat through destruction.

Current population
There are an abundant number of violet-backed starlings in the wild.

Zoo population
There are 200 living in zoos across the world.