The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Cape Glossy Starling

Afrikaans name: Kleinglansspreeu

Cape Glossy Starling

Cape Glossy Starling

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Lamprotornis nitens

The Cape Glossy Starling goes by a few names including Glossy Starling and Red-shouldered Glossy Starling.

This species can be found across most of South Africa apart from the Western Cape.

Like other 'glossy' starlings its colouring is variable depending on the light. At times it can look almost black and in other light a brilliantly glossy blue-green.

It's main habitat preferences are thornveld, woodland and gardens.

The diet of the Cape Glossy Starling is quite varied. It will eat insects, fruit and nectar.

They nest in holes in trees and river banks. The breeding pair is assisted by others in the flock.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 176

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 58

Wild Issue 39 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 74

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 62

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 194

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 313

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 673

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 671

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 77

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 400

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 366

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 511

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 523

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 397

Newmans Garden Birds - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1991 - Page: 98

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 27

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 240

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 74

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 69

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 194

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Published: 2004 - Page: 187

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 121

Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: P. Ginn & G. McIlleron - Published: 1981 - Page: 28

Gardening with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1988 - Page: 57

Geoff Lockwoods Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Published: 0 - Page: 41

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 286

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 413

Know your Garden Birds - Author: - Published: 0 - Page: 30

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 100

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 386

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 386

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 111

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 44

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 44

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 103

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 198

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 257

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 107

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 277

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