January 1, 2016 – Wattled Starling (Creatophora cinerea)

These starlings are found in the grasslands of southern and eastern Africa. They feed on insects, fruit, seeds, and nectar. Primary ground foragers, they pick insects from grass, but will also follow herd animals and eat parasites from their skin. Breeding appears to be opportunistic, large breeding colonies forming whenever their food supply is large enough. They are generally monogamous, building large intersecting domed nests. Both parents care for the chicks.

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