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Visitor from East Africa

The Superb Starling or Lamprotornis superbus can commonly be found in East Africa, including Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. So I was very surprised to see this bird on a chestnut tree in Vienna. By the way, I was not at the Schönbrunn Zoo. I was sitting on my balcony with a cup of tea and heard a strange twittering. It was a long and loud song consisting of trills and chatters.

I spotted this exceptional bird in a tree. I grabbed my camera with the Sigma 120-400mm and took a few pictures. The bird had a black head and an iridescent blue-to-green back, upper breast, wings, and tail. The belly was red-orange, separated from the blue breast by a white bar. The under tail coverts and the wing linings are white.

Most likely, this Spreo superbus escaped from a zoo in Vienna or nearby. But I really don’t know.


Lamprotornis superbus


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