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Category:Animals
Subcategory:Birds
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Keywords:Africa, Glossy, Glossy Starling, Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling, Jeremy Smith, Jeremysmithphotography.co.uk, Jeremysmithphotography.com, Kyle Game Park, Lamprotornis chalybaeus, Masvingo, Safari, Zimbabwe
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Dimensions2000 x 2667
Original file size609 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken22-Aug-11 14:42
Date modified27-Mar-12 15:50
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON D300S
Focal length500 mm
Focal length (35mm)750 mm
Max lens aperturef/6.3
Exposure1/320 at f/9
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Normal
ISO speedISO 200
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus, Kyle Nat. Park, Zimbabwe. Aug 2011

Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus, Kyle Nat. Park, Zimbabwe. Aug 2011

I photographed this Blue eared glossy starling in the afternoon sun. As it moved slightly the light reflected different colours back to the camera. Have a look at some other pictures in the group.


The Greater Blue-eared Glossy-starling is a 22-cm long, short tailed bird. This starling is glossy blue-green with a purple-blue belly and blue ear patch. Its iris is bright yellow or orange. The sexes are similar, but the juvenile is duller and has blackish brown underparts.
The populations from southern Kenya southwards are smaller than northern birds and are sometimes considered to be a separate subspecies, L. c. sycobius.
The Lesser Blue-eared Glossy-starling is similar to this species, but the blue of the belly does not extend forward of the legs.
The Greater Blue-eared Glossy-starling has a range of musical or grating calls, but the most familiar is a nasal squee-ar.