Three Specimens of Starling

1894 Scientific American  
In to-day's issue we reproduce an engraving from Brehm's "T hierleben," showing three interesting species of starling, the Pholidauges leucogaster, the Lamprocolius chalybaeus, and the Lamprotornis aeneus. The first of these is a native of central Africa and western Arabia, where it usually lives in thin woods on precipices or at the foot of mountains, but even those birds that stay on the plains never go far from the mountains. They live in families of from six to twenty members, high up in
more » ... bers, high up in the trees, seldom de scending to the ground, and then remaining there the shortest possible time. These birds are very small and are distinguished from other members of their sub family by the shape of their beak-which is slightly curved and tapers very much-their delicate but long toed feet, comparatively short wings, a moderately long tail, and a scaly, glossy plumage. The back and neck are purplish-blue, shading to a violet; the breast is white, and the wings dark brown, bordered with violet.
doi:10.1038/scientificamerican08111894-89 fatcat:dv67oy2jxfhrhpkp27tgowjnyu