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Cape starling information, facts - classicanimal

Cape starling is a medium-sized beautiful bird species native in Southern Africa. It is a gregarious bird species. They are mostly live in large flocks. It can be found in woodlands, bushveld and mainly feeds insects, fruits.

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Their scientific name is Lamprotornis nitens. They are also known as Red-shouldered glossy starling, Cape glossy starling.

Common Name: Cape starling
Scientific Name: Lamprotornis nitens
Other Name: Red-shouldered glossy-starling, Cape glossy starling


Cape starlings belong to the family Sturnidae and the genus of Lamprotornis. It is a species of starling. There are 2 sub-species in the world. Their conservation status is 'Least Concern' due to hunting, habitat loss. These species are listed on the red list on ICUN.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sturnidae
Genus: Lamprotornis
Species: L. nitens
Number of Sub-species: 2
Group: Bird
Conservation Status: Least Concern


Cape starling is found in South Africa. They are habitats such as woodlands, bushveld.

Living Locations: South Africa
Habitat: Woodlands, Bushveld


Cape starling is a medium-sized bird species and its whole body cover with feathers. They have blue-green color feathers with greenish flanks and a belly. Males are larger than females. An adult length is around 20 cm to 25 cm and the wingspan is up to 31 cm to 44 cm. Their weight is around 95 g to 100 g. They can fly at speed of up to 80 km/h.

Color: Blue, green
Weight: 95 g to 100 g (Approx)
Size: 20 cm to 25 cm (Approx)
Wingspan: 31 cm to 44 cm (Approx)
Top Speed: Up to 80 km/h (Approx)


Cape starling is mainly part of the Omnivore diet, which means they eat meats and plants both. They mostly eat fruit, nectar insects.

Diet: Omnivore
Favorite Food: Insects, Fruits, Nectar


Cape starling has some natural predators like hawk, owl, falcon.

Predators: Hawk, Owl, Falcon


Their lifespan is up to 2 to 3 years in the wild. Cape starling is diurnal bird species. They live in colonies. But sometimes they live solitary.

Lifespan: Up to 3 Years
Lifestyle: Diurnal
Group Behavior: Colony


At the age of one year males and females, are ready to sexually mature. After the incubation period lasts around 12 to 14 days. Cape starling lays three eggs in a breeding season. The young are called chicks.

Age of Sexual Maturity: 1 Year
Incubation Period: 12 to 14 Days
Average Lay Eggs: 3
Baby called: Chick


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