Plum violet is an eye-searing color. It blends beautifully with white, creating a striking contrast. What will happen if these two colors come in a bird’s plumage? That creature will surely shine brightly in nature. Just a duo of purple and white can make a name for that bird. Perfect!
The violet-backed starling is one of these captivating birds. As its name suggests, this species has an iridescent purple head, back, wings, and tail with black hues on the edges. Meanwhile, the lower parts (chest, and belly) are snow white. It’s hard to keep our eyes off this coat.
Additionally, these birds have dark bills and yellow eyes, making them more conspicuous.
You can watch the video of these stunning birds below!
Comparing with the male, the female of this species is duller with brown plumage. Her belly is also white with brown flecks.
Violet-backed starlings distribute in much of Sub-Saharan African. They prefer living in forests and forest verges, or in open woodland and clearings where they seek seeds, fruits, berries, and arthropods in the tree canopy for food.
During the breeding season, female birds build their nests out of green leaves and animal dung. This nest is placed in the fork of a tree that is 2 meters above the ground. The females then lay 2-4 eggs in their nests and incubate them for 12-14 days. They and their mate feed the hatchlings until fully-fledged, for around 21 days.
H/T: One Big Birdcage