Close-up image of a Purple Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis purpureus). This beautiful bird is a member of the starling family. It is a resident breeder in tropical Africa from Senegal and north Zaire east to Sudan and west Kenya. This common passerine is typically found in open woodland and cultivation. The Purple Starling builds a nest in hole. The normal clutch is two eggs. This is a gregarious and noisy bird, with typical starling squeaks and chattering.
The adults of these stocky 22–23 cm long birds have a metallic purple head and body, and glossy green wings. They have a short tail and a yellow eye. The sexes are similar, but juveniles are much duller, with grey underparts and a brown iris.
This image was taken with a Canon 1Ds Mk1, fitted with a Canon EF 70 – 200mm 1:2.8 L IS USM lens