Magnificent Blue-eared Starlings That Look Too Stunning to Be True

We present to you today the most magnificent blue bird we have ever seen. Meet the Greater Blue-Eared Starling. This stunning bird it is easy to spot because of its magical colors. However to see one you have to be in Africa. They are widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa, and south through eastern Africa to north-eastern South Africa and Angola. Both genders are similar with teal-blue upperparts that show a brilliant shiny, metallic iridescence in good light.

If you want to spot these beauties you have to be in sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and southern Mauritania west to eastern Eritrea and Ethiopia. Greater blue-eared starlings are omnivorous birds that will take advantage of any available food source. Insects, seeds, berries, fruit, small mammals, and small reptiles all make up part of their diet, and they may sample many other foods as well. These birds will forage either in trees or on the ground, and typically prefer to walk rather than hop when foraging. They will even land directly on grazing animals to pick away at insects and parasites.

When it comes to nesting, both males and females work together to line the nesting cavity with dry grass, feathers, and similar nesting material. The eggs are green-blue with darker brown or purple dots, and there are 2-5 eggs in each brood. The female parent usually incubates the eggs for 13-14 days, and after the altricial young hatch, both parents will bring the chicks food for an additional 22-24 days. After that, the young starlings are ready to leave the nest but will follow their parents to learn the best foraging spots and food types.

These birds look to magical to be true. Check out the images below and the video that explains more about Blue-eared Starling.

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Photographer Focuses His Camera on Squirrels to Capture Their Emotions, and the Results Are Adorable

Photographing squirrels isn’t an easy task. Whenever they feel threatened by the presence of humans, they start running with all they got. However, Johnny Kääpä has dedicated most of his time to do that and has managed to pull out some incredible shots. Johhny has been photographing squirrels for a couple of years. What he looks for in a photograph is the feeling it gives out. Now dealing with squirrels it can be quite challenging to be able to capture their emotions, but this talented photographer didn’t fail to serve.

“I have no idea if the squirrels have a lot of emotions, except hunger, fear, and sleep, but I would like to think they do. And I always look for pictures that seem to express those feelings,” said the photographer. He had taken thousands of shots and it’s hard to select some out of his collection. His love for squirrels and photography got to other people as well, where so far he counts 17.8k followers who support his work.

We managed to make a collection with some of the most recent images he has shared. Scroll down below to check it out and enjoy!

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