Purple Glossy-Starling Is A Natural Attention Grabber With Its Liquid Metal Look

Burchell’s glossy starlings (scientific name: Lamprotornis purpureus) draw a lot of attention to themselves with their looks and their voices. Standing with their heads flung back and their wings slightly dropped, they belt out a throaty, musical call. Roosting in acacia trees or reed beds, flocks of up to 50 birds might assemble in non-breeding seasons.

This starling species is considered a ‘glossy starlings’, referring to the beautiful sheen of the feathers. It’s as common in parts of its range as robins are in the United States.

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This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

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Purple Glossy Starling pairs engage in courtship behavior that includes jumping on the ground with wings trailing and singing to one another. Preferred nesting sites include thorn bushes, low bushes, and cliff hollows. Purple Glossy Starlings prefer to nest in holes found in old trees, which they line with feathers and plant material. Males and females share responsibility for nest construction.

Hatchlings are cared for not only by the parents, but also by related and non-related younger birds, especially during years of unpredictable rainfall.

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They are “passerine” birds, meaning they perch in trees. Starlings have large feet, well made for walking. They waddle rather than hop when on the ground.

As you can see from the photos, this species of bird has some very strong, beautiful colors and features. The plumage above is glossy blue or green. The under parts may be blue, purple, yellow or brown. Most have yellow or red irises. Some have long tails

The purple in its name comes from its face and chest, which are a rich, shiny violet.

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Here are some visuals showing how vivid these birds are:

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People Share “Unwritten Rules” of the Society That Everyone Should Follow, and Here Are 20 of Them

In order for us to function in a healthy society, there’s a set of unwritten rules we have to follow. Those are one of the things that no school teaches you, and at some point, you have to learn that yourself. Some call them good manners, some call them rules, or maybe just common sense.

However you name it, society has a rule book that ‘forces’ people to behave and be good to one another. In order to do that you have to be aware of these “unwritten rules”. Therefore, today we will share some with you.

One Reddit user asked a question: “What is one ‘unwritten rule’ that you believe everyone should know and follow?” And there were quite some people who shared their wisdom with the internet. People were listing things that should be common knowledge but for some reason aren’t, and it’s about time everyone learned them. Therefore, scroll down below to check out this list of “rules” we compiled for you. And if you know another one that hasn’t been mentioned, make sure to share it with us in the comment section.



If I show you a picture on my phone, don’t go swiping sideways.- Soft-Problem


Don’t watch loud videos on your phone at a restaurant. Can’t believe this isn’t common curtesy anymore. –



If you borrow something, give it back in the same condition.- Ryastor




If someone is giving you a ride you should be ready at the door before they get there. It’s so rude to have someone waiting on you when they are doing you a favor by picking you up. –Thatweirdboringdude


Let us get off the lift/train before you try to barge on ffs – Melassia


The last one to go to bed has to turn the light off. –Rebeca2277


When you have a complaint with a retail store or business, please remember that the person you are speaking too (or yelling at sadly) is just the one that happened to pick up the phone or is standing at the till. they likely have nothing to do with what went wrong and have little sway in what can be done to help. They don’t need to be yelled and screamed at for something they did not do or is under the control of a corporate office/higher up.- sebastianrileyt2


If someone is wearing headphones and is clearly keeping to themselves, leave them the fuck alone!-



Put the shopping cart back where it GOES! –brock0124


If you want to go for a hike and listen to music, come with earphones or headphones. Don’t blast loud music. – AgeOfWomen


Quit pissing on public toilet seats. – kpeterson159


When someone else is paying the bill you shouldn’t order something very pricey (it’s understandable if something expensive is the only thing you are able to eat) –yomomma1000


The “wave” of thank you when someone lets you in while driving in traffic. Its just polite – dishyboii


Double flush if you must. Nobody wants to see your poop crumbs. – jdward01


Wear deodorant if you are out in public. –kyogre120·


If someone can’t fix an aspect of their appearance in five minutes or less, don’t mention it.- greentea2727


PERSONAL SPACE (even when not in a pandemic) – keri112493





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