Golden-breasted Starling
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The Golden-breasted Starling (Lamprotornis regius), also known as royal starling, is a medium-sized, up to 35 cm long, passerine in the starling family. Both sexes are similar. The young are duller than the adult. It is is distributed in the grassland, savannah and shrubland of East Africa, from Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and northern Tanzania. The golden-breasted starling is a social animal, living in groups of three to twelve individuals. The female usually lays between three and five pale green eggs with red speckles. It nests in tree holes. The nest is made from leaves, roots and other vegetation. Entire family groups cooperate in raising young by gathering food and nesting materials. Its diet consists mainly of insects and termites. Adult birds catch insects in flight and dig up termite mounds to find prey. (source: Wikipedia)






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