Black-eared Starling - Iridescent Plumage
A Black-eared Starling, or Burchell's Glossy Starling, is much bigger in size than the normal Glossy Starling. Also, it has a distinctive black eye and black ear patch whereas other Starlings in the area has yellow eyes.
A Burchell's Glossy Starling among Glossy Starlings
Needless to say, the iridescent blue and purple plumage is gorgeous.
high density range
| synonyms = ''Megalopterus australis'' A.Smith, 1836
Burchell's starling or Burchell's glossy-starling, is a species of starling in the family Sturnidae. The monogamous and presumably sedentary species is native to dry and mesic woodlands and savannah of southern Africa. The name of this bird commemorates the English naturalist William John Burchell.