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Violet-backed/Amethyst Starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster) - male

The Violet-backed Starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster), also known as the Plum-colored Starling or Amethyst Starling, is a relatively small species of starling. Their range is from northern South Africa up to Senegal on the west coast across to northern Tanzania on the east coast of Africa. Males have an almost pure white belly contrasting with the amethyst purple of the rest of his body.

 

Photographed at San Diego Zoo

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Taken on July 18, 2011