Violet-backed Starling

Cinnyricinclus leucogaster

This striking starling, with its amethyst head, back and upper breast, is without a doubt the most beautiful our country has to offer.

We first recorded this species on the 1st of May 2014 while staying at Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve. A great spot to photograph them in summer is the Kololo Game Reserve (next to the Welgevonden Game Reserve) in the Waterberg.


Violet-backed Starling / Kololo Game Reserve, South Africa / 23 November 2013 Violet-backed Starling / Kololo Game Reserve, South Africa / 23 November 2013 Violet-backed Starling / Gnu Ranch, Waterberg, South Africa Violet-backed Starling / Mkuze Falls Game Reserve, South Africa Violet-backed Starling – female / Hluhluwe Game Reserve South_Africa
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