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A Flying Amethyst Is This Violet-Backed Starling

The violet-backed starling is a stunning bird. They look like they’re made of amethyst. The plumage of this bird is basic, yet it is a lovely purple, black, and white mix.

Seeing is believing, and this bird is proof of that. The plum-colored starling, sometimes known as the amethyst starling, is a common name for it.

According to Kenya Birding, the starling is the tiniest of all the starlings. It barely measures around 18cm in length. Male and female starlings have unique characteristics.

The breeding male has a vibrant coloration. Females have brown feathers, while males have bright and multicolored feathers. Males that have not developed do not have the bird’s colorful plumage.

This type of bird is monogamous. This means it prefers to remain with a single companion until it dies. The bird will definitely seek a new mate if the existing one is not available. During the summer, the violet-backed starling flies in tiny groups. Just before the breeding season, it will split into pairs. Because it is constantly high up on trees and the sky, the bird is rarely seen on the ground.

The bird will build its nest in tree holes, river bank holes, and even abandoned fence posts. Leaves, twigs, and other plant material are sculpted into their nests.

During the breeding season, the birds’ nests are recycled. To save waste, we as humans should take heed of the birds’ recycling! It is most often seen on the savannas of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Fortunately, the IUCN classifies the violet-backed starling as ‘Least Concerned.’ However, the exact number of birds has yet to be determined. According to My Animals, experts believe that the bird is “usually common” and “locally plentiful.” Furthermore, researchers are unclear of the precise threat that the birds face.

We hope that this beautiful bird stays in large numbers so that the whole world may witness its colorful glory!