February 17, 2015 – Golden-breasted Starling (Cosmopsarus regius)

Requested by: taylorrbranham

These colorful starlings are found in parts of Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, and Tanzania. Their tails make up about 60% of their total length and both males and females have brightly colored plumage. They eat mostly insects, digging up termite nests and foraging on or near the ground for beetles, ants, and other invertebrates. Nesting in tree hollows excavated by woodpeckers, these birds raise chicks in cooperative family groups, with the breeding pair assisted by several helpers.