The Cape Glossy Starling

Scientific Name:
Lamprotornis nitens
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Cape Glossy Starling

The Cape Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis nitens) is a colorful and charismatic bird species native to southern Africa.


Cape Glossy Starlings are commonly found in a variety of habitats, including woodland savannas, scrublands, parks, gardens, and urban areas. They are adaptable birds and can thrive in both natural and human-modified landscapes. These starlings are often seen foraging for food on the ground or perched on tree branches, where they search for insects, fruits, and seeds.


Cape Glossy Starlings are medium-sized birds, measuring approximately 22 to 25 centimeters (8.7 to 9.8 inches) in length. They have a relatively stout build with a short tail, strong legs, and a distinctive pointed bill. Their plumage is predominantly glossy black, with iridescent blue or green highlights on the wings, back, and head, which shimmer in the sunlight. Best Viewing The best places to view Cape Glossy Starlings are in their native habitats within their range. Look for them in woodlands, parks, gardens, and urban areas where they are commonly found. These starlings are often seen in small flocks or family groups, foraging for food on the ground or perched in trees.