The male violet-backed starling’s jewel-like purple head and neck glints in the African sun while his female counterpart is less obvious. She sports olive drab feathers instead.
Not your typical drab starling with a short tail. The male is beautiful with a head, neck, back and tail of brilliant purple. The underside is white. The female, however, is drab; the purple of the male is replaced by olive green feathers and the white underside is flecked with green dashes.
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This starling rarely comes down to the ground, as it spends its day catching insects in midair and eating fruit in the forest canopy. They prefer figs and follow the fruiting cycle of fig trees.
Tends to be migratory depending on season. They are very common and large flocks have been seen.
Depends on where in Africa, but breeding is usually in spring. Nests are in tree or fence holes only 2 to 6 meters above ground. The breeding pair both feed the young.