Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Red-Winged Starling

The red-winged starling is found in east Africa, from Ethiopia south to the Cape in South Africa. 
A male, bottom left, and female, upper, at the Cape of Good Hope right near the ocean. 
The male is an iridescent black. The female has an ash-gray head and upper breast. Both have rufous flight feathers, most noticeable in flight, and black eyes.  
This male in Kalk Bay was outside the restaurant where we ate fish and chips. 
The rufous flight wings on this male are barely visible at the Cape of Good Hope. 
The female with the gray head. 
I saw them in the extreme southern part of their range, on the beach at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, and in Kalk Bay, further up the peninsula on the east side. 
A male at the Cape of Good Hope.

1 comment:

  1. This may be the one I am confusing with the Cape Glossy Starling. I love how shiny they are, and the red stripe is very dramatic.