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Superb Starling

Swainson's Hawk
Superb Parrot

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Superb Parrot

  • Polytelis swainsonii
  • Parrots & Parakeets

About the Superb Starling

Also known as: Superb Glossy Starling, Starling

The Superb Starling is a colorful and gregarious species of starling that lives in parts of East Africa.

Adult Superb Starlings dark iridescent body feathers ranging from black on the head to blue and green on the body. The breast feathers contrast sharply with their bright reddish-orange coloration. Males and females look alike.

Superb Starlings are widespread and abundant across their natural range and have a conservation status of Least Concern as of July 2013.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 14 July 2013
Scientific Name Lamprotornis superbus
  • Passeriformes
  • Sturnidae
  • Lamprotornis
  • L. superbus
Birdorable Family Starlings & Waxwings
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
7.1 to 7.5 inches

International Names

  • 粟头丽椋鸟 (Chinese)
  • leskoptev nádherná (Czech)
  • Trefarvet Glansstær (Danish)
  • Driekleurige Glansspreeuw (Dutch)
  • loistokottarainen (Finnish)
  • Choucador superbe (French)
  • Dreifarben-Glanzstar (German)
  • Storno splendido (Italian)
  • ツキノワテリムク [tsukinowaterimukudori] (Japanese)
  • Praktstær (Norwegian)
  • blyszczak rudobrzuchy (Polish)
  • Чудный Блестящий скворец (Russian)
  • Estornino Soberbio (Spanish)
  • Trefärgad glansstare (Swedish)

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