The violet-backed starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster), also known as the plum-coloured starling or amethyst starling, is a relatively small species of starling in the Sturnidae family. It is a strongly sexually dimorphic species in which the males possess an iridescent violet back whilst the females are brown. It is rarely seen on the ground.

Habitat and Distribution

It is found widely in the woodlands and savannah forest edges of mainland sub-Saharan Africa.


During breeding, the female will incubate 2-4 eggs (these are pale blue with reddish/brown spots) for 12-14 days. The male will help feed chicks until they fledge after about 21 days.