Fast Fact #3: Plum Coloured Starlings Traveling in Same-Gender Groups

Plum Coolured Starling or Violet-Backed Starling from

The Plum-coloured Starlings (also known as Violet-backed Starlings) have a marked difference between the the sexes.

The Male is a bright, eye catching plum/violet colour whereas the female is a much plainer tawny brown.  After breeding (which usually occurs between late February and April) the sexes form separate, nomadic flocks as they migrate from Southern to Northern Africa.

Plum Coloured Starling or Violet-Backed Starling from
A male Plum Coloured Starling (from

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