Meve's Starling

Scientific Name:
Lamprotornis mevesii
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Meve's Starling

Meve's Starling, also known as Meves's Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis mevesii), is a species of bird native to parts of southern Africa.


Meve's Starlings are commonly found in a variety of habitats, including woodlands, savannas, scrublands, and urban areas. They often inhabit areas with scattered trees or bushes, as well as forest edges and clearings. These starlings are adaptable and can also be seen in agricultural areas, parks, and gardens. They are social birds and often gather in flocks, especially during the non-breeding season.


Meve's Starlings are medium-sized birds, measuring approximately 20 to 23 centimeters (8 to 9 inches) in length. They have a relatively short tail, a stout body, and a strong, conical bill. Their plumage is predominantly glossy black with metallic green or blue iridescence, particularly on the head, neck, and upperparts. They have bright yellow eyes and a yellow bill with a dark tip. Best Viewing The best places to view Meve's Starlings are in habitats with suitable perches and nesting sites, such as woodlands, savannas, and urban areas with trees and shrubs. Look for them in trees or on overhead wires, where they are commonly found perching and foraging for food. These starlings are often seen in small to large flocks, which can be noisy and conspicuous, especially during the breeding season.