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Greater blue-eared starling in Lake Nakuru National Park. Javier Yanes/
Greater blue-eared starling
'Lamprotornis chalybaeus'
Swahili: Kuzi macho-njano

Best parks to see it: Widespread

Inhabits scrub and lightly wooded country, and visits human habitations. There are two subspecies. 'L.c. cyaniventris' (seen in the image) is larger and bluer, and is found in the Rift central region and Highlands up to Mathews Range in the north, touching the Turkana region, west to Mount Elgon and south to Masai Mara. It is scarce at Lake Victoria. Gregarious and noisy. The other subspecies, 'L.c. sycobius', is less sociable and lives in the south coast, north of Tanzania and inland to Tsavo. It is smaller, greener and with magenta belly and flanks.
Greater blue-eared starling in Lake Nakuru National Park. J.Y./


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