Ruppell’s Long-Tailed Starling

The Ruppell’s Long-Tailed Starling (Lamprotornis purpuropterus) is a common east African bird.

The Long-Tailed Starling has a long purple or bronze tail. Its body is dark blue-black and glossy, with iridescent purple feathers. It has white eyes.

Ruppell's Long-Tailed Starling

Ruppell’s Long-Tailed Starling

It can grow to about 30 centimetres (12 inches) tall.

Ruppell's Long-Tailed Starling

Ruppell’s Long-Tailed Starling

Ruppell's Long-Tailed Starling

Ruppell’s Long-Tailed Starling

Ruppell's Long-Tailed Starling

Ruppell’s Long-Tailed Starling

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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