bright yellow eye; glossy blue-black plumage (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

Greater Blue-eared Starling
Lamprotornis chalybaeus

Native Range: Africa

Notes: a short-tailed glossy starling closely related to the similar Cape Starling, but told from the latter by black mask on the face and purple flanks.

frontal view; stocky build; short tail (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

dorsal view; black face patch visible (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

note purple flank; black dots on wing (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

tiny purple spot on shoulder; black face (South Africa; 2007-06-30)