Violet-backed Starling Cinnyricinclus leucogaster
(aka Amethyst Starling)
Male Violet-backed Starling, Mole, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image

Mole National Park, Ghana
June 2011

The Violet-backed Starling is distributed in Africa south of the Sahara with quite a lot of seasonal migration involved. For a distribution map see Birdlife International.

It is found in open woodland and avoids forest.

The male, in photo 1, is very distinctive with its iridescent violet above contrasting with the white below while the female, in photo 2, is quite different.

Female Violet-backed Starling, Mole, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image

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